“Supply chain faces a severe shortage of talent at a time when the demands on the profession have never been greater” (Cottrill, 2010).
While managers in traditional functions focus on developing strong expertise to become “specialists” in their own discipline, supply chain managers are different animals: They have to possess deep cross-functional understanding of various business fields, strategic decision-making and communication skills as well as strong analytical and IT skills in order to manage the manifold tasks they are facing on a daily basis.
Although the globalization has increased the complexity of the supply chains, companies are facing a significant undersupply of talent as indicated by thousands of SCM job offers on online job platforms. Surprisingly at the same time, little is known about the persons responsible for managing our supply chains due to the lack of scientific research on that topic.
We at the Kühne Logistics University pursue a two-year empirical research in cooperation with McKinsey & Company to gain in-depth knowledge about supply chain managers. Since launching the study in autumn 2012, we focus on five key research questions:
In order to gain research insights about we use a mix of surveys, interviews and secondary data. Based on the study we hope to provide valuable implications to the supply chain community. Those could be guidelines for young SCM professionals to succeed in their career, recommendation for companies to select future employees or ideas for company-internal talent development programs.
Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg
Tel: +49 40 328707-276
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