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Educational innovation in supply chain management and logistics for active learning in Latin America

David Ernesto Salinas-Navarro (Community Resilience and Sustainability Education Lab, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)
Ernesto Pacheco-Velazquez (Institute for the Future of Education, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico)
Agatha Clarice Da Silva-Ovando (Centro de Operaciones Logísticas, Universidad Privada Boliviana, Cochabamba, Bolivia)
Christopher Mejia-Argueta (Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Mario Chong (Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru)

Journal of International Education in Business

ISSN: 2046-469X

Article publication date: 12 December 2023

Issue publication date: 15 January 2024




This study aims to present a conceptual framework aimed at promoting educational innovation in supply chain management and logistics (SCM&L). The framework can help to design active learning experiences regarding student learning outcomes that tackle current challenges in the discipline. Emphasizing the significance of linking students’ learning to real-world scenarios, the framework enables reflective learning through hands-on engagement in a constructive alignment, overcoming existing pedagogical limitations in the field.


This study presents a qualitative research methodology that relies on the case study method. Three instances are presented to illustrate educational efforts of active learning in countries of Latin America, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru, linking real-world relevant situations to disciplinary teaching and learning.


The innovative learning experiences introduced in this study transform real-world SCM&L operations into distinctive educational opportunities. These experiences facilitate learning not only within traditional classrooms but also in urban areas of the Latin American region, enabling students to interact with educational partners in authentic settings to achieve their intended learning outcomes. These experiences are characterized by their focus on establishing meaningful connections between learning and local communities, businesses or specific contexts.

Research limitations/implications

The study recognizes various limitations of conceptual, methodological, execution-related and research process aspects. First, not all academics in the SCM&L discipline may universally acknowledge the importance of educational innovation and active learning experiences because of limited pedagogical awareness. Moreover, execution-related limitations arise from the demanding nature of incorporating active pedagogical approaches into courses, as they can be resource-intensive and time-consuming. Regarding research process limitations, the case study limits generalizability and broader inferences because of its particular views and locations, which require further investigation with other instances across other disciplines and geographical regions for validation.

Practical implications

The practical implementation of this framework within the MIT SCALE network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) demonstrates its potential in meeting diverse academic and institutional expectations and providing educational benefits to students.

Social implications

The study makes a valuable contribution to prioritizing and coordinating pedagogical research by investigating the success of learning outcomes achieved through active and experiential implementations in various contexts. It provides inspiring examples of innovative learning experiences that can drive new developments not only within the LAC region but also in other areas, prompting a shift away from traditional educational approaches.


This research presents a conceptual framework, which is developed from the insights obtained in the three learning experiences to guide future efforts in SCM&L education. The findings demonstrate how to structure active learning experiences based on authentic assessment and illustrate the potential for increased cooperation among institutions in Latin America. It also promotes the recognition of novel SCM&L active learning experiences and highlights some of the benefits of this approach.



Salinas-Navarro, D.E., Pacheco-Velazquez, E., Da Silva-Ovando, A.C., Mejia-Argueta, C. and Chong, M. (2024), "Educational innovation in supply chain management and logistics for active learning in Latin America", Journal of International Education in Business, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 148-169.



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