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By: Publication details: Stockholm Kungliga tekniska högskolan, 2003; Industriell ekonomi och organisation, ; Licentiatavhandling Lic 1614, Description: 136 sSubject(s): Online resources: Abstract: The purpose of this study is to contribute to the development of the Logistics Management discipline. A motive for the study is that I have found actors being very anonymous in the Logistics Management literature. I have found this to be in contrast to my practical experiences where actors are highly essential. On the basis of an interview study and a literature study I want to give some thoughts and ideas for the development of the discipline. The interview study was conducted with 48 actors operating across a supply chain within different business areas of a multinational Swedish company. The actors views of the organisation, problems associated with it and logistical variables were focused. In the literary study I focused on fundamental ideas and characteristics. I also focused on scientific foundations and points of departure in Logistics Management research. In the text I strive to view the world as socially constructed and in my writing I have the effort to be interpretative and reflective. With these points of departure I try to use approaches seldom used in research within the logistics management discipline. In my work I present thoughts and ideas which are important to notice with regard to the aim of the discipline to be normative and contribute to the development of one or many organisations. The first issue that I highlight is that in the interview study it was apparent that there existed clusters with different perspectives across the supply chain. These perspectives provided different sorts of understanding for the organisation and problems associated with it. I found this to be a reason for problems within the organisation. In the literature, however, I found the insight about this is low or not outspoken, which motivates further studies. As a consequence of the different views and understanding, I noticed that the interviewees put different meaning into concepts like customer focus and holistic vision. The different meaning seemed to be a reason for problems within the organisation. Since I regard the concepts as central and obvious within the discipline, more attention could be given to the concepts and how they are used. The interviewees also emphasised a well-functioning organisation and the importance of implementing solutions. Implementation issues could therefore be highlighted to a larger extent, to elucidate obstacles and possibilities for successful change management and to highlight problems that need to be treated. In the interviews people and their behaviours were seen as central. Therefore human and their behaviours could be given more attention. Understanding for people’s behaviour as a foundation for change management processes could be emphasised even more. As a consequence, I consider reference to other disciplines necessary to reach a higher understanding of these behaviours. Since the studied company was far from the best practice studies that now dominate the area and the study has proven to be fruitful, the discipline could strive to be more balanced and use other cases to elucidate problems and highlight these problems. Some authors’ opinions that other paradigms and views than the ones dominating the discipline should be used to develop it, has been strengthened by the study, especially with regard to paradigms and views with a focus on actors.
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The purpose of this study is to contribute to the development of the Logistics Management discipline. A motive for the study is that I have found actors being very anonymous in the Logistics Management literature. I have found this to be in contrast to my practical experiences where actors are highly essential. On the basis of an interview study and a literature study I want to give some thoughts and ideas for the development of the discipline. The interview study was conducted with 48 actors operating across a supply chain within different business areas of a multinational Swedish company. The actors views of the organisation, problems associated with it and logistical variables were focused. In the literary study I focused on fundamental ideas and characteristics. I also focused on scientific foundations and points of departure in Logistics Management research. In the text I strive to view the world as socially constructed and in my writing I have the effort to be interpretative and reflective. With these points of departure I try to use approaches seldom used in research within the logistics management discipline. In my work I present thoughts and ideas which are important to notice with regard to the aim of the discipline to be normative and contribute to the development of one or many organisations. The first issue that I highlight is that in the interview study it was apparent that there existed clusters with different perspectives across the supply chain. These perspectives provided different sorts of understanding for the organisation and problems associated with it. I found this to be a reason for problems within the organisation. In the literature, however, I found the insight about this is low or not outspoken, which motivates further studies. As a consequence of the different views and understanding, I noticed that the interviewees put different meaning into concepts like customer focus and holistic vision. The different meaning seemed to be a reason for problems within the organisation. Since I regard the concepts as central and obvious within the discipline, more attention could be given to the concepts and how they are used. The interviewees also emphasised a well-functioning organisation and the importance of implementing solutions. Implementation issues could therefore be highlighted to a larger extent, to elucidate obstacles and possibilities for successful change management and to highlight problems that need to be treated. In the interviews people and their behaviours were seen as central. Therefore human and their behaviours could be given more attention. Understanding for people’s behaviour as a foundation for change management processes could be emphasised even more. As a consequence, I consider reference to other disciplines necessary to reach a higher understanding of these behaviours. Since the studied company was far from the best practice studies that now dominate the area and the study has proven to be fruitful, the discipline could strive to be more balanced and use other cases to elucidate problems and highlight these problems. Some authors’ opinions that other paradigms and views than the ones dominating the discipline should be used to develop it, has been strengthened by the study, especially with regard to paradigms and views with a focus on actors.

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