The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the similarities and differences of occupational identity among logistics managers, controllers and specialists.
After a thorough review of the literature, the authors opted for desk research and content analysis of job advertisements for these three occupations as the major research method, focusing on a sample of 60 Polish and German advertisements.
The analysis of these data confirmed that the three occupations have their own identity (although there is a certain closeness between controllers and managers), but, from a holistic perspective of logistics management considering current trends in logistics, these three occupations should be integrated as a whole.
This has been the first paper comparing ads focused on logistics professionals in two relevant European economies in terms of logistics development: Poland and Germany.
The authors acknowledge the suggestions provided by two anonymous referees of the International Journal of Logistics Management and by the participants at the MIRDEC Conference (Madrid, 2017) on a previous version of this research. Remaining limitations are the authors’ responsibility. This work was carried out within the funding with COMPETE reference no. POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006683, with the FCT/MEC’s (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.) financial support through national funding and by the ERDF through the Operational Programme on “Competitiveness and Internationalization – COMPETE 2020 under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement”.
Dobroszek, J., Mourao, P. and Grzesiak, L. (2019), "Identification of the similarities and differences of logistics controller, manager and specialist: A study based on a content analysis", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 261-283. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-10-2017-0281
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