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Production and operations managers and logistics managers: a cross‐country comparison

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

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 12 June 2007



The purpose of this paper is to explore the contribution of production and operations managers (POMs) and logistics managers (LMs) in improving manufacturing and service operations, comparing experiences in Australia and Britain.


The findings are based on surveys of the two occupations in the two countries. Thus, the focus is on comparing and contrasting two strategically placed occupations within the supply chain and in two traditional manufacturing economies in developed countries, in opposing hemispheres of the world.


The working lives of 254 Australian and 195 British POMs and 303 Australian and 168 British LMs are explored to see how well prepared they are for the business challenges of today, whether they see the need for changes in the ways in which they work and what satisfactions they derive from their worlds of work?

Practical implications

Insights are provided for senior management into the deployment and personal and professional development needs of two key occupations within supply chain management.


The findings from the research give fresh insights into the ways in which managers in the two areas of responsibilities in the two countries.view their worlds of work



Burcher, P.G., Lee, G.L. and Sohal, A.S. (2007), "Production and operations managers and logistics managers: a cross‐country comparison", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 549-560.



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