Other Research

CSCMP is widely recognized as a leader in cutting edge research to advance the supply chain management profession. The Research Strategies Committee undertakes the development of CSCMP’s research agenda and oversees the projects. Depending on the research initiative, research teams use original data collection (primary research), secondary sources, or survey methods—or more typically a combination—that add advance knowledge and provide value to today’s supply chain practitioner.

Research Classifications

CSCMP has historically categorized the research it produces in the following ways:

  • How To (or back to basics) research develops a structured approach or “model” to guide the logistics practitioner through the accomplishment of a significant logistics process or task.
  • Benchmark research provides data on the cost or effectiveness of some element—often cost and/or service performance levels by activity, or by activity within certain industries—associated with performing logistics functions.
  • State of the Art research reports on current conditions in some aspect of logistics.
  • Risk research examines conceptual topics that have very broad strategic implications. Risk research is leading edge, in which a significant contribution could very well be made in the area of problem definition, as well as in the specific research findings.
  • Targets of Opportunity research provides timely research on major world events that dramatically impact logistics, such as airline strikes, oil embargos, acts of God, and stock market crashes.

Research Submissions

Do you have a research project idea or full proposal that could benefit and add value for the CSCMP practitioner membership? Send your idea and contact information to the Research Strategies Committee via e-mail

The Research Strategies Committee reviews proposals and new project ideas at their quarterly meetings, as well as decides to launch RFIs and/or sole sourced research projects. We cannot promise that we will use unsolicited submission ideas, and submission of an idea or proposal does not give you "ownership" of the idea. All proposals will be evaluated based on merit.

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The "Plan" book contains typical best-practice processes in these critical areas:· Supply Chain Planning· Supply/Demand Alignment· Inventory ManagementSoft cover. CODE-RSCH
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The "Source" book contains dozens of suggested minimum process standards, as well as typical best-practice processes in these critical areas:· Strategic Sourcing· Supplier Management· Purchasing· Inbound Material ManagementSoft cover. CODE-RSCH
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Supply Chain Management Process Standards is the first comprehensive reference guide containing general guidelines to help you selfassess your current processes. You’ll use these tools to identify process strengths and weaknesses…and be able to focus your attention on areas where improvement efforts will drive the most benefit.Topics include: Deliver, Enable, Make, Plan, Return, SourceSoft cover. CODE-RSCH
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The "Enable" book contains dozens of suggested minimum process standards, as well as typical best-practice processes in these critical areas:· Strategy and Leadership· Competitive Benchmarking· Product/Service Innovation· Product/Service Data Management· Process Viability and Control· Measurement· Technology· Business Management· Quality· Security· Industry StandardsSoft cover. CODE-RSCH
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The "Make" book contains dozens of suggested minimum process standards, as well as typical best-practice processes in these critical areas:·Product Engineering·Partnership and Collaboration·Product or Service Customization·Manufacturing Process·Lean Manufacturing·Make Infrastructure·Support ProcessesSoft cover. CODE-RSCH
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The "Deliver" book contains dozens of suggested minimum process standards, as well as typical best-practice processes in these critical areas:· Order Management· Warehousing/Fulfillment· Customization/Postponemen· Deliver Infrastructure· Transport· E-Commerce Delivery· Managing Client/Customer Partnerships· Post-Sales Technical Support· Customer Data ManagementSoft cover. CODE-RSCH
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CSCMP’s essential research book, Communicating the Value of Supply Chain Management to Your CEO will help professionals educate C-level executives (CXOs) about the important role that logistics and supply chain mangement excellence play in overall operations. Help your CXOs better understand the individuals who map the strategic direction of your organization, and determine how resources will be expended, and why supply chain management is critical to your company's success.... Details
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The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is dedicated to developing, advancing, and disseminating supply chain knowledge. During our research for the CSCMP Supply Chain Process Standards it became apparent that there was a lack of free and accurate cross-industry benchmarking data available to supply chain practitioners. CSCMP, in an attempt to fill this gap, is making available the suggested minimum process benchmarking data excerpted from the popular CSCMP Supply Chain... Details
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A proactive response is needed to stretch the capabilities and foster the retention of supply chain professionals. SCM Talent Development: The Advance Process highlights essential elements, strategies, and innovative practices of a strategic talent advancement process. Each element is instrumental for creating the bench strength and institutional supply chain knowledge that underpin future success.
Authors: Brian Gibson, Auburn University, Zac Williams, Central Michigan... Details
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At a time when SCM is gaining stature within the organization, many organizations face a critical supply chain talent void due to years of headcount reduction, training budget cuts, and the retirement of highly skilled individuals. Supply chain leaders must address this talent gap by assembling a team of talented professionals with skills that are core to the organization’s SCM mission. This can be achieved through the ongoing strategic talent acquisition process discussed in this... Details
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Designing the "Right" Supply Chain Management Organizational Structure defines and describes important aspects of organizational design decisions, and compares the strengths and weaknesses of specific organizational reporting structures. As part of this comparison, organizational design decisions are also examined through an analysis of data collected from a survey of 292 firms. Further, the research examines financial performance associated with different structural... Details
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Effective hiring is step one in the creation of a strong SCM team. Next, talented individuals must be quickly acclimated, continuously trained, and properly deployed to meet the supply chain requirements of the organization. Hence, supply chain leaders must immerse new hires in the organization’s culture and provide current team members with opportunities to expand their capabilities. This can be achieved through the strategic talent development process detailed in this publication:... Details
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Although supply chain management has evolved over the past several decades, it faces perhaps its greatest evolution in the coming years as firms continue to address the challenges and opportunities of globalization in an ever-changing and highly-competitive marketplace. As firms begin to better recognize the potential for supply chain management’s contribution to overall competitive advantage, supply chain management has gained more prominence at the corporate table. This research... Details