A cross country comparison of careers in logistics management in Australia and Britain

Peter G. Burcher (Aston Business School, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, UK)
Gloria L. Lee (Aston Business School, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, UK)
Amrik S. Sohal (Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Caulfield East, Victoria, Australia)

International Journal of Logistics Management, The

ISSN: 0957-4093

Publication date: 1 December 2005



The aim of this research was to ascertain the current roles and responsibilities of logistics managers in two countries, how they compare their situation with other managers and to identify the types of knowledge and experience that would assist them to develop their careers.


This paper compares the results of a postal survey of 303 Australian and 161 British logistics managers.


The study indicates that logistics managers in both countries share many similar experiences, responsibilities and perceptions of their career situations. They take considerable pride and satisfaction from these careers but recognise the need for continuing professional development in their present and future roles.

Research limitations/implications

The research is limited to the respondents to the surveys. Further research in other countries including less well‐developed economies would add to the generalisation of results.

Practical implications

It is argued that for successful international supply chain management, there is a need to review both current and future provision in higher education and continuing professional development, in order to strengthen strategic competences and increase understanding of the significance of interdisciplinary awareness in global markets.


This paper represents the first attempt to understand the roles, responsibilities, career pathways and future needs of logistics managers in the two countries. Its results should provide guidance to top managers for the future success of the logistics function in their organisations.



Burcher, P., Lee, G. and Sohal, A. (2005), "A cross country comparison of careers in logistics management in Australia and Britain", International Journal of Logistics Management, The, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 205-217. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574090510634511

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