THE “WHITE SPACE” OF LOGISTICS RESEARCH: A LOOK AT THE ROLE OF METHODS USAGE

Authors

  • Robert Frankel,

    1. University of North Florida
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    • Robert Frankel is a Kip Associate Professor of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Florida. A Fulbright scholar, he received his Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University. His research interests include supply chain management, international marketing, and pedagogy. His research has been published in Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, International Journal of Logistics Management, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, and Marketing Education Review, among others.

  • Dag Naslund,

    1. University of North Florida
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    • Dag Naslund is an Assistant Professor of Logistics at the University of North Florida. He earned an MS from the Lund Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering, an MBA from the University of California at Irvine, and a Ph.D. from the Lund Institute of Technology in Process & Supply Chain Management. His research focuses on Process Management, with examinations of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Performance Measures, and Supply Chain Management. He was awarded a research grant from SAP University Alliance for his work on ERP. He currently serves as Captain in the Royal Swedish Air Force Reserves.

  • Yemisi Bolumole

    1. University of North Florida
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    • Yemisi Bolumole is an Assistant Professor of Logistics at the University of North Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University in the UK where her thesis, titled “Logistics Outsourcing in the UK Forecourt Convenience Retail Sector: The Supply Chain Role of Third Party Service Providers,” was awarded the best Ph.D. prize for 2001. Dr. Bolumole has extensive research and professional experience in the third-party service, retail and logistics sectors and her areas of research interest include logistics outsourcing, the supply chain implications of third party logistics, partnering for optimizing supply chain performance, and the strategic implications of supply chain management.


Abstract

This paper examines the use of various research methods by contemporary researchers. The previous six years of articles in a leading logistics journal are examined and classified. The analysis seeks to identify and discuss changes and trends that are occurring in the use of such methods, as well as considering why the current conditions are in place, and what, if any, opportunities exist for logistics researchers given this situation.

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