Supply Chain Management - A Logistics Perspective

The eighth edition of ‘Supply Chain Management: a logistics perspective’ has refined its focus on the supply chain approach, one of the latest developments in logistics management. Its strategic managerial focus blends logistics theory with practical applications and includes updated material on the latest technology, transportation regulations, pricing, and other issues.

This market-leading text continues to focus on the integration of the supply chain approach as an important concept in understanding contemporary logistics management. In addition, this text focuses on changes in the way business is being done, with a particular emphasis on technology.

Each chapter opens with ‘Supply Chain Profiles’ vignettes that introduce the reader to the chapter’s topics through familiar real-world companies, people and events. For this new edition, the majority of the profiles have been changed.

Each chapter also includes new and updated ‘On the Line’ boxed features, which are applied examples that give you hands-on managerial experience of the chapter’s topics. ‘Supply Chain Technology’ boxes appear throughout the text, helping you relate technological developments to supply chain management concepts and logistics practices.

Short Cases at the end of each chapter are updated and build on what has been learned in the chapter. ‘Supply Chain Management’ provides both strong logistics theory and practical applications useful to future related work. The text includes the latest material on technology, transportation regulations, pricing and other key logistics issues.

The authors are impressive: John J Coyle lectures at the Pennsylvania State University; C John Langley Jr is from the Georgia Institute of Technology; Brian J Gibsonis from the Auburn University; Robert A Novack represents the Pennsylvania State University; and Edward J Bardi is from the University of Toledo.

Students in South Africa will recognise this popular textbook as many of the previous editions were and are used by local universities and other educational institutes as reference material for teaching in logistics and supply chain management.

The authors must be doing something right to have an eighth edition published that is still in demand.

In fact, this book is in my personal list of top three classics, with the books of Martin Christopher and Stock and Lambert. This new edition has two new contributors, Prof Brian Gibson and Dr Robert Novack, both two professionals who have excellent credentials in the field, to allow the team to offer the most current, comprehensive thinking on supply chain management. One can imagine that this is part of a carefully designed succession plan as the original authors could justifiably look forward to retirement after so many years of successful publishing. The title has been changed with this edition to reflect the latest thinking and now uses ‘supply chain management’ as the main title, with a subtitle of ‘a logistics perspective’, while it previously was titled ‘The Management of Business Logistics: A Supply Chain Perspective’. I like this change and believe it is a more correct description of the contents and in sync with the latest thinking.

The authors decided to reorganise the 16 chapters in this edition in an entirely new way. Part 1 provides a framework for understanding of supply chain management and some of its important related components, while Part 2 covers strategic factors such as global supply chains and supply chain
relationships. Part 3 addresses the key process areas

within supply chain fulfilment such as demand management, inventory management, transportation and distribution. Supply chain planning, sourcing and operations receive attention in Part 4 with the one final chapter in Part 5, looking at the major macro trends that will impact the future of logistics and supply chain management.

This reorganisation of the contents does not mean that the previous material has changed significantly. In fact, the topics of all 15 chapters of the Seventh Edition have been included in the new layout, albeit combined into new chapters with two new chapters One provides material on operations, and reverse flows are covered for the first time.

The new material on operations is excellent and I particularly like the section on operations strategy and planning, where production planning is covered in much detail. The chapter also refers to production metrics and total cycle time, which is crucial tounderstand for good supply chain management. The new chapter on reverse flows is very short.I noted that brief reference is made of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), which was absent in the previous edition.

On the down side, less space is dedicated than previously to the SCOR model. The previous discussion and diagram of the SCOR processes will be missed. The same applies to the removal of the discussion on Incoterms.

My favourite topic in this book remains Chapter 12, Supply Chain Network Analysis and Design. This is probably the best discussion on the Grid Technique or Centre-of-Gravity analysis that is currently available in supply chain management textbooks. I like the reference to the Square-Root Rule or the square root law and the cover of dependent versus independent demand in Chapter 9. The textbook is one of a few that has a strong transport economic foundation, which is why it is used for the Logistics Management module in the Transportation and Logistics (CTL) professional certification programme offered by the American Society for Transportation and Logistics. I bought the student version that includes a CD featuring two additional full-length cases, a comprehensive glossary as well as useful information for supply chain management professionals.

The glossary on the CD is good but I would have preferred to have the glossary printed in the textbook as well. It is much easier to check a term at the back of the book than to insert the CD into the computer, especially when reading the book while travelling or when away from the office.

I recommend this textbook for your collection. I think this latest version is one of the best, if not the best, reference for covering supply chain management comprehensively from a logistics perspective.


Written by: Coyle, Langley, Gibson, Novack & Bardi Publisher: South-Western Cengage ISBN: 978-0-324-22433-7 Pages: 705


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