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Key Competences of Logistics and SCM Professionals – The Lifelong Learning Perspective

Wünsche, Sebastian, Kotzab, Herbert, Teller, Christoph and Bourlakis, Michael (2018) Key Competences of Logistics and SCM Professionals – The Lifelong Learning Perspective Supply Chain Management: an International Journal.

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper identifies specific qualifications and competences required within the field of logistics and supply chain management from the perspective of lifelong learning and hierarchical level. It also reveals a hierarchy level-specific job profile for logistics and supply chain management jobs based on the European Framework for Key Competences and the German Federal Employment Agency.

Methodology

A review of the literature on competences and skills in the field of logistics is combined with an analysis of 832 job postings by means of content analyses and thematic mapping.

Findings

The academic literature discusses more than 280 skills and competences related to the job profile of logistics and supply chain managers. The majority of these skills represent social skills. Analyses of job postings show significant differences in the required portfolio of skills and competences depending on the hierarchical level of the position. Contrary to the literature, job postings include more cognitive competences and meta-competences than social skills.

Value

The first contribution of our research is that competences were examined from the perspective of lifelong learning, revealing how this is applied in the field of logistics. The second is that our conceptual framework can be utilised to compare skills and competences between different hierarchical levels. The third contribution refers to identifying a set of skills and competences different to what had been presented in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Wünsche, SebastianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kotzab, HerbertUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Teller, ChristophC.Teller@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Bourlakis, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2018
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2017. Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Logistics and supply chain management skills; Qualifications of logistics and supply chain management personnel; Human resource management; Lifelong learning
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 12 Dec 2017 16:07
Last Modified : 12 Dec 2017 16:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845237

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