Purpose To investigate published research in the area of logistics education, regarding logistical and educational content, pedagogical relevance, and research methods used.
Design/methodology/approach A structured review of academic journal papers was conducted. A categorisation and content analysis was performed for the 163 papers selected for inclusion.
Findings A shift can be seen regarding the main focus in the studied literature. Previously, required skills in logistics was the most common theme, but the last two decades, teaching and learning activities has become more prevalent. Even though this mirrors a certain interest in pedagogical aspects of logistics education, the use of pedagogical literature is very sparse. The "average" article does not refer to any such sources at all.
Research limitations/implications Since the research about teaching and learning within logistics predominantly is based upon case studies where the researchers are investigating their own context, there is a matter of subjectivity. Case studies with researchers as external observers are therefore called for. So are studies aimed at investigating what effect certain educational activities have on students' learning.
Originality/value This literature review adds to previous reviews by being more up-to-date, having a broader coverage of literature, and putting more focus on pedagogical issues.