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Developing skills and learning new knowledge is an essential part of training. Keeping yourself up-to-date shows professional commitment. If you are starting your career it is important to learn by doing on the job, reading about supply chain concepts and thinking how they are applied in your organization and by carefully observing experienced people.

Formal qualifications may also be needed for certain roles so it is important that you identify what you need and set about the task.

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Supply Chain Strategies: Demand Driven and Customer Focused is the leading book for aspiring professionals to understand the machinations of supply chain strategies. The book is in its second edition having established itself from the start as the leading strategic supply chain text adopting a unique customer focus. Hines puts the customer at the center of the supply chain. As others have said “It is the go to text to understand supply chains”.

Supply Chain Strategies: Demand Driven and Customer Focused, New York/London, Routledge

Are you an aspiring Researcher?

If you are an active researcher in Supply Chain Management then you may find this article in the Journal of Business Logistics of interest. There is some solid advice here about how to approach writing up your research with tips on what you need to consider.

The abstract below will wet your appetite to read further… click on the link here.

A Trail Guide to Publishing Success: Tips on Writing Influential Conceptual, Qualitative, and Survey Research
Stanley E. Fawcett, Matthew A. Waller, Jason W. Miller, Matthew A. Schwieterman, Benjamin T. Hazen and Robert E. Overstreet
Volume 35, Issue 1 (March 2014) “Publishing in top journals is difficult. Common challenges undermine authors’ attempts to explain and influence their discipline’s understanding and practice. We identify and describe these roadblocks to publishing success. We also benchmark best practice in management, marketing, and supply chain journals to provide a trail guide for writing—and publishing—influential conceptual, qualitative, and survey research. Given equifinality in research, our trail guide should not be viewed as the only way to craft excellent, influential research. However, if we agree on the basics, we can (1) increase consistency in the review process, (2) reduce publication cycles, and (3) begin to roll back the length of articles. Keywords: theory development; storytelling; conceptual; qualitative; methodology”