Behavioural research in logistics and supply chain management

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

International Journal of Logistics Management, The

ISSN: 0957-4093

Publication date: 25 May 2010



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).


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.


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.


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.



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

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