Title: Improving logistics and supply chain management in Spain: An analysis of current practices and future requirements

Authors: Angel Diaz, Luis Solis, Bjorn Claes

Addresses: IE Business School, Maria de Molina 12 bajo, Madrid 28006, Spain. ' IE Business School, Pinar 15, Madrid 28006, Spain. ' Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, Bedford, MK43 0AL, UK

Abstract: Improvements in logistics and supply chain practices are essential to the competitiveness of businesses. In this paper, we present the most relevant findings of a large government-funded research project focused on the logistics and supply chain capabilities in Spain. In particular, this study highlights the gaps between logistics and supply chain practices in Spain and the best practices identified in the literature. Our research generated a rich database that will facilitate further research into this highly relevant topic. In our research design, we have been meticulous in addressing the current debate on the tension between rigorous research design and practical relevancy.

Keywords: best practices; competitiveness; Spain; business improvements; research design; practical relevancy; SCM; supply chain management; global supply chains; globalisation; logistics systems; logistics management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2011.041503

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2011 Vol.9 No.2, pp.150 - 169

Available online: 25 Jul 2011 *

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