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Behavioural research in logistics and supply chain management

Travis Tokar (Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 25 May 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to advocate and facilitate undertaking research focused on the effects of human behaviour, judgment and decision making in logistics and supply chain management (SCM).

Design/methodology/approach

In addition to providing an overview of the potential benefits of behavioural research, this paper presents two modified frameworks for identifying and addressing behavioural issues in logistics and SCM.

Findings

Behavioural research can significantly advance both theory and practice in logistics and SCM. Little behavioural research appears in top logistics journals. As researchers begin to conduct more such projects, knowledge pertaining to issues of importance to logistics and SCM will be created.

Originality/value

This paper highlights an important research area and a methodology, (controlled behavioural experiments), that are currently underutilized in logistics and SCM. It further presents potential research questions and suggestions for ways in which interested researchers could begin to address such issues.

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Citation

Tokar, T. (2010), "Behavioural research in logistics and supply chain management", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 89-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574091011042197

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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