Title

Preparation of logistics managers for the contemporary environment of the European Union

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

This study reports and analyzes a questionnaire administered to US and European logistics managers soliciting their perceptions regarding changes in background and skill preferences for logistics managers operating in the new European Union environment. The combined sample of respondents appeared to indicate the importance of being a manager first and a functional/technical specialist second. While no statistically significant differences between the two subgroups were found with regard to background preferences, there were eight statistically significant differences between the two subgroups with regard to preferred skill requirements in the contemporary environment. Possible explanations for this phenomenon are suggested. Finally, implications of the survey findings for employers, practitioners, educators, and students are discussed.

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Publication Title

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Published Citation

Poist, Richard F., Carl A. Scheraga, and Janjaap Semeijn. "Preparation of logistics managers for the contemporary environment of the European Union." International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management 31, no. 7/8 (2001): 487-505.

DOI

10.1108/09600030110402941