Course Description: Theories and Research in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a doctoral course for logistics, supply chain management, and operations management students. Logistics and supply chain management have been criticised for not having an own theory, thus theory development as well as borrowing theories from other disciplines remain important in this field. There are also myriads of definitions of supply chain management as well as different perspectives on the overlaps between logistics, purchasing, transportation, operations management, and supply chain management. This course focuses on discussing core concepts as well as the boundaries of the field. Furthermore, it focuses on discussing the application of different theories to this field, as well as different approaches to theory building, theory testing, and borrowing theories from other disciplines.
Learning outcomes: See course description
Course requirements: 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.
Target group: 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.
Time: 03.11. – 07.11. 2014.
Course Language: English
ECTS: 6 Credits
Number of students: Max. 25
Coursework and evaluation: 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.
Required readings: To be announced
Prof. Árni Halldórsson (Chalmers)
Prof. Stan Fawcett (Air Force Institute of Technology, JBL editor)
Course Coordinator and contact person: Prof. Gyöngyi Kovács, firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: All applicants should be in contact with Prof. Gyöngyi Kovács, email@example.com regarding the course. She will also distribute the pre-assignment to the students that are accepted to the course.