In management literature, for several years, we have been witnessing the development of logistics functions and organisations. These organisations are the outcome of culture. Today, logistics and supply chain management practices allow businesses to find and exploit sources of productivity and cost control and help create competitive advantages.
The internationalisation of logistics and supply chain practices implies the existence of cross-cultural differences in this sphere of management science due to the role of cultural values in this respect. The aim of this special issue is to provide a rationale for looking at logistics, supply chain management, and cultural diversity from a global “cross-cultural” perspective and proposes this view as a potential tool for sensitising logistics researchers to cross‐cultural concerns. We look for a variety of perspectives about how competitiveness and performance vary across cultures, companies, and countries.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Business Research, Hammamet, Tunisia, April 29-30, 2017, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- How do logistics practices vary across cultures and countries?
- What is the role of culture in cost reduction in logistics and supply chain Management practices in the MENA region?
- What are the most effective logistics training methods of diagnostic and auditing for international organisations?
- What factors affect supply chain management internationally?
- How can the influence of national culture on logistics and supply chain management practices be measured?
Submission of manuscripts: 31 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 August, 2017
Final versions due: 31 October, 2017