Theories and Research in Logistics and SCM

Time: 30.05. – 03.06.2016

Place: Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki

Learning goal and Objectives: The aim of this course is to further the understanding for the application of different theories to supply chain management. The focus of the course is on analysing and discussing theory building, theory testing, and borrowing theories from other disciplines as well as to analyse the boundaries of supply chain management as a discipline. Upon completing the course students are expected to have an overview and be able to analyse different theories that have commonly been applied to supply chain management. They are also expected to be able to argue for their own choices of theories for their dissertation, their concepts and constituencies, ontology and epistemological approach.

Instruction and examination: The course consists of a reading package that students are requested to prepare prior to the course. Lectures will be given in a one week module. Students are expected to write a final assignment after the course that will be evaluated by the faculty.
Participants will present their research proposal and discuss the role and use of theory in their research during the course, receiving feedback from faculty. A final assignment after the course will also be evaluated by faculty.

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: 1-5

Prerequisites: PhD student

Admittance: Phd students preferably from the logistics graduate school and KATAJA. Participants will be selected on the basis of their research proposal that should be sent in with the application.
Max. 25 students

Please sign up for the doctoral course by April 30 via this link:

Pre-assignments will be sent out early May to doctoral students who have signed up for the course and are due on May 25.

Prof. Árni Halldórsson (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) (preliminary confirmed)
Prof. Stan Fawcett (Weber State University, JBL co-editor, USA) (preliminary confirmed)

Course coordinator and contact information: Nina Pyykkönen,