Key Competences for Logistics/Supply Chain Management - Empirical Findings from Job Postings

Past event — 12 April 2017

Kühne Logistics University
Grosser Grasbrook 17, 20457 Hamburg, Room EE Lecture 2

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Prof. Dr. Herbert Kotzab

Chair of Logistics Management, University of Bremen


What are the specific qualifications and competences which are required for a management position in the field of logistics and supply chain management? This research reviewed the relevant literature as well as more than 800 job postings by means of content analysis and thematic mapping. Literature identifies nearly 300 skills and competences. Most of these skills refer to social skills. In contrast to that, analyses of the job postings include more cognitive and meta-competences than social skills. Furthermore significant differences in the required portfolio of skills and competences depending on the hierarchical level of the position can be found.


Prof. Dr. Herbert Kotzab is full professor and chair in logistics management at the University of Bremen since 2011. Prior to this position, he was full professor at Copenhagen Business School. He received his doctoral and post-doctoral degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. HIs research interests are logistics and supply chain management theory, retail logistics and supply chain management and Efficient Consumer Response.

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