Title: Desired skills and competencies of prospective supply chain managers: an empirical investigation of US supply chain executives

Authors: Michael J. Dotson; Dinesh S. Davè; Sarah E. Miller

Addresses: Department of Marketing, John A. Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608, USA ' Department of Computer Information Systems, John A. Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608, USA ' Georgia Pacific, LLC, 133 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, USA

Abstract: The field of supply chain management is growing, and with that growth, a heightened need for skilled supply chain managers has been created. This study examines the specific skills/competencies desired by supply chain managers in candidates for employment. Further, the study examines how supply chain management curriculums can be adapted to the dynamic nature of the business environment. Through in-depth interviews as well as a comprehensive survey administered to supply chain executives, this research identifies the specific skills and competencies that industry professionals expecting candidates seeking a career in supply chain management in the USA.

Keywords: supply chain management; SCM; skills; competencies; supply chain managers; supply chain management education; USA; United States; supply chain executives.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2015.070895

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2015 Vol.22 No.1, pp.55 - 66

Received: 09 May 2014
Accepted: 30 Jun 2014

Published online: 22 Jul 2015 *

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