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Investigation method – a key skill in logistics education?
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8554-0687
2013 (English)In: Digital proceedings of the 25th NOFOMA Conference, 2013, 1-16 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

PurposeStructured investigations is important as a prerequisite when entering change projects. Investigation method is a valuable skill among logistics practitioners. Therefore, it is desired that logistics students learn investigation method during their studies. It is however not clear what investigation method is. The purpose of this paper is to propose a framework for describing investigation method.

Design/methodology/approach – The framework was created with inspiration from literature. It was then used to examine to what extent investigation method was learned in a specific logistics education at master level. The course curriculum and intended learning outcomes were studied and compared with the students’ perceptions, gathered through a questionnaire to 47 students at the end of their logistics studies.

Findings – The proposed framework was successfully tested. The results indicate that students have gained good skills within investigation method. They point out projects in various forms as being most useful for their learning.

Research limitations/implications - The study was performed on one specific case, and should be expanded to a wider range of logistics educational programmes, in order to reach more reliable findings.

Practical implications This study is rather a starting point for research that can be of high relevance for how to design and conduct logistics education, and that might lead to graduates better prepared for conducting investigations.

Originality/value - Research into general pedagogical aspects related to logistics is only sparsely addressed in research, in which the role of investigation method is mostly ignored. This paper aims at putting investigation method on the ‘skill agenda’ for logistics education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 1-16 p.
Keyword [en]
Logistics education, investigation method, investigation components, educational activities, logistics skills
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97283ISBN: 978-91-980973-3-7OAI: diva2:646040
25th NOFOMA Conference, 3-5 June 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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