Title: Training and development needs of logistics and supply chain professionals in South Asia

Authors: Rajiv Aserkar; Nihar Kumthekar; Shivani Inamdar

Addresses: Logistics and Supply Chain Management, SP Jain School of Global Management, 10 Hyderabad Road, Off Alexandra Road, 119579, Singapore ' Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management, College of Business Administration, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia 30458, USA ' Symbiosis International University, Pune, India

Abstract: This study is an attempt to understand the unique functional needs of the organisations in South Asia from the logistics and supply chain professionals at recruitment stage, and match these needs against the skill set of the candidates joining the logistics and supply chain function. This study identifies the specific job roles which are critical to the efficient management of supply chains and defines the skillset required to manage these functional roles. A career progression framework for the young graduates joining the logistics and supply chain management industry is proposed. For the Asian organisations, a prospective training and development matrix is proposed to impart desired skills. The respondents of our survey were students and professionals of South Asian origin working in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Middle East.

Keywords: training and development; logistics; supply chain management; SCM; South Asia; recruitment; skills set; career progression.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2017.080576

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2017 Vol.9 No.1, pp.85 - 106

Received: 06 May 2015
Accepted: 12 Apr 2016

Published online: 31 Oct 2016 *

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