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Reflecting on Supply Chain Education

By Dr. Robert L. Gordon | 03/10/2015 | 10:33 AM

Guest post by Dr. Stacey Little, Program Director, Transportation & Logistics Management at American Public University

Il_digital_cover_0215New technologies, teaching soft skills, learning to deal with uncertainty, and international considerations are all issues that are affecting the way that we are educating people in the logistics profession. I recently had an opportunity to discuss these issues and the skills needed for supply chain graduates for the just-released  February 2015 cover story in Inbound Logistics.

The article provides insight from directors of college and university programs in logistics and supply chain management into the growing list of competencies employers are looking for in graduates.  As I read all of the thoughts contributed to the article, it is clear to me that as important technology is to logistics and supply chain success, we should not dismiss the significance of communication, negotiation, and relationship building through face to face interaction. Employers are looking for graduates who possess both hard and soft skills.

Read the article: “Today's Supply Chain Education: It's All in Your Head.”



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About Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is program director of the Reverse Logistics department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has over twenty-five years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. He holds a Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA. Dr. Gordon has spent more than 14 years teaching reverse logistics, transportation, project management, and human resources. He has published articles on reverse logistics; supply chain management; project management; human resources; education, and complexity. He has also published four books on Reverse Logistics Management; Complexity and Project Management; Virtual Project Management Organizations, and Successful Program Management..

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