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Themed issue on Supply chain management (SCM): current education provision and practitioner future needs

Journal call for papers from Supply Chain Management

Submission deadline: extended to 30 August 2012

Highly structured organizational fields provide a context in which individual efforts to deal rationally with uncertainty and constraint often lead, in aggregate, to homogeneity in structure, culture and output.
(DiMaggio and Powell, 1983 p. 147)

In the future, graduates entering the workforce should be valued, not only for intellectual rigour, but also for professional competence.  This means that they must have a sound understanding of academic theory and principles, as well as skills that enable them to function successfully in society and the workplace.  The learning experience for these students should be relevant and cutting edge, with teaching and research closely linked and integrated.

SCM is a very cross-functional domain in practice and universities still struggle to mirror this in their organization and curricula design.  Indeed some research indicates that courses are often either logistics or procurement heavy with an SCM banner on them. Furthermore, companies continually struggle in their search for talent for the future which reflects negatively or unhelpfully on the quality of SCM education.

As a result, many companies are developing internal training colleges to teach staff themselves.  Such colleges are hiring non-SCM staff in order to bring new skills into the corporation.  Finally, with industry currently in such a state of flux, SCM is arguably a field with tremendous development opportunities and where research can significantly impact practice.

The main objective of this themed issue is to discuss the relationship between supply chain, operations management, logistics, purchasing, education provision and practitioner needs.

Topical areas for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • How to promote SCM talent of the future and help correct the current skill shortage in industry.
  • Research informed teaching -- how to combine rigor and relevance.
  • Knowledge exchange and industry interaction.
  • Institutional strategies to link research and teaching.
  • Supply chain curriculum requirements and design.
  • Executive education -- how to compete with in-company education.

Author guidelines

Manuscripts should comply with the scope, standards, format and editorial policy of Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.  In preparation of their manuscripts, authors are asked to follow the SCM Manuscript Requirements closely, paying particular attention to the word count.

All papers will be reviewed through a double-blind peer review process, except for Insight from Industry pieces which will be reviewed by the Editor.  A guide for authors, sample articles and other relevant information for submitting papers are available at:

Submission guidelines

All submissions should be made though ScholarOne Manuscripts, following the guidelines below:

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts
To submit your paper online you must create an author account

  • Log on to 
  • Click on the ``Create account'' link at the top right of the screen
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding
  • Your username will be your email address and you have to input a password of at least 8 characters in length and containing two or more numbers
  • Click ``Finish'' and your account has been created

Submitting an article on ScholarOne Manuscripts

  • Once Registered go to with your username and password. This will take you through to the Welcome page.
  • (To consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the Home Page link in the Resources column on the log in page).
  • Click on the Author Centre button.
  • Follow the ``Click here to submit a new manuscript'' link which will take you through to the Manuscript Submission page.
    On page 4 indicate in the covering letter that your submission is for the ``SCM education themed issue'' and at the ``Please select the issue you are submitting to'' prompt, select ``Regular Issue''.
  • You must upload a minimum of 3 files -- your article file (with no author details), a separate title page (showing all author names, affiliations, the correct order and corresponding author details) and a structured abstract in a word file.
  • When all required sections are completed, preview your .pdf proof.
  • Submit your manuscript.

Guidance can be found at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre (
When your paper is successfully submitted you will receive an e-mail indicating that your paper has been received, together with its unique identity number.


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DiMaggio, P.J. and Powell, W.W. (1983), ``The iron cage revisited: institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in Organizational Fields'', American Sociological Review, Vol. 48 No. 2 April, pp. 147-60

Johnson, M.E. and Pyke, D.F. (2000), ``A framework for teaching supply chain management'', Production and Operations Management, Vol. 9 No.1, pp. 2-18

Kopczak, L.R. and Fransoo, J.C. (2000), ``Teaching supply chain management through global projects with global project teams'', Production and Operations Management, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 91-104

van Hoek, R., Godsell, J. and Harrison, A. (2011), ``Embedding `insights from industry' in supply chain programmes: the role of guest lecturers'', Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 142-47.