Competency requirements for logistics and supply chain professionals: an analysis of market demand

Ahsan, K and Rahman, S 2018, 'Competency requirements for logistics and supply chain professionals: an analysis of market demand', in Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2018), Bali, Indonesia, 8-11 July 2018, pp. 525-535.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Competency requirements for logistics and supply chain professionals: an analysis of market demand
Author(s) Ahsan, K
Rahman, S
Year 2018
Conference name ISL 2018: Big Data Enabled Supply Chain Innovations
Conference location Bali, Indonesia
Conference dates 8-11 July 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2018)
Publisher Nottingham University Business School
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 525
End page 535
Total pages 11
Abstract Purpose of this paper: Analysing the market signals of sought after logistics and supply chain (LSC) management jobs, this study explores the current market demand and evaluates the competency requirements for the supply chain/logistics professionals in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA). Design/methodology/approach: Based on the APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) and CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) competency frameworks, a conceptual competency model with a set of 42 unique knowledge, abilities, and skills (KSA) is developed and which has been rationalised by the resource-based theory. A total of 836 job advertisements in the supply chain/logistics sector is collected from the widely used job site "Seek Jobs" over the period between October and November 2017. The content analysis technique is employed to search relevant contents from selected job advertisements to identify the sought after KSA against the proposed conceptual competency model. Findings: Results indicate that the supply chain manager, operations manager, procurement coordinator, warehouse manager, supply planner are the most demanded jobs in the market and most of the jobs required both soft and job specific hard KSA. The top five sought after soft KSAs are related to communication skill, teamwork, leadership, customer focus, interpersonal skills; whereas, the top five job specific hard KSAs are managing inventory, computer literacy, data collection and analysis, analytical and mathematical, and ERP systems implementation. Originality/Value: The study suggests a unique LSC management conceptual competency model which can be employed by human resource departments as a reference guide to devise strategies for recruitment and development of right talent in the field of supply chain and logistics management. Practical implications: Research findings can be used by the educational institutions to benchmark their current offerings against the current
Subjects Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Keyword(s) Australia
Competency
Competency model
Market demand
Supply chain and logistics professionals
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