CSCMP Research

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (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 many of 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 Strategies Committee (RSC)

The Research Strategies Committee (RSC) investigates, evaluates, and advises CSCMP’s Board of Directors on the need for, and feasibility of, undertaking research projects that will benefit the supply chain management profession. To provide the broad input necessary for research, committee and subcommittee members are selected from both the educator and practitioner communities. The RSC engages individuals to serve as project team members on various research initiatives.

Meet the 2020 RSC Members

Current Research


CSCMP Hot Topics
CSCMP Hot Topics are written by leading experts in supply chain management and focus on newly emerging research from CSCMP or other organizations; hot trends and emerging industry insights; and/or journal articles that expose a new perspective or finding that has emerged as a critical issue. Hot Topics provide a quick way to keep up with a changing supply chain management industry and marketplace. Every issue is brief, and no more than 2-4 pages.

Journal of Business Logistics
Are you and your organization prepared for what’s on the horizon? Supply chain management professionals who read the Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) learn about upcoming research and in-depth studies on hot buttons in the industry. Articles in the Journal of Business Logistics are oftentimes collaborations between and among prominent academics, thought leaders, consultants, and practitioners.

Supply Chain Quarterly Magazine
CSCMP members receive complimentary subscriptions to CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, an award-winning magazine and a leading literary source for over 15,000 supply chain management professionals seeking unbiased and valuable industry information and insight. It has already been awarded a gold and silver medal for content and design by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

Supply Chain Management Process Standards
Supply Chain Management Process Standards is the first comprehensive reference guide containing general guidelines to help you self-assess 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, and Return.

Supply Chain Management Talent Development
At a time when supply chain management 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 supply chain management mission. This can be achieved through the ongoing strategic talent acquisition. This talent development series contains three publications: The Acquire Process, The Advance Process and The Develop Process.

Reports and Surveys

Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning: 2021
A new study by ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has found that only 3% of companies experienced no COVID-related business impact, and 42% of organizations say the pandemic has accelerated their digitization plans.

CSCMP’s Annual "State of Logistics Report®
The Annual “State of Logistics Report®”, authored by A.T. Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics, Report, has tracked and measured all costs associated with moving freight through the U.S. supply chain since 1988. Each year, the report presents an overview of the economy during the past year, the logistics industry’s key trends, and the total U.S. logistics costs for the previous year and lays out future and potential trends.

The "State of Logistics Report®" is complimentary to CSCMP members and is widely used by supply chain management and logistics professionals and organizations as the premier benchmark for US logistics activity.

Logistics 2030 Year Two: Navigating a Disruptive Decade
The Logistics 2030 Year Two report, authored by Auburn University and sponsored by CenterPoint and JLL, focuses on the imperative that supply chains are growing more complex and challenging.  Where this revolution will lead us over the next decade is worthy of analysis. The Logistics 2030 study investigates the likely drivers of future supply chain success.

The resurgence of warehousing and distribution can be attributed largely to the growth of online commerce. Over the course of 2019 and early 2020, information was collected on the current practices of warehousing and distribution. This report's analysis provides a comparative view of today's capabilities versus next decade's requirements.

Logistics Manager’s Index Report
The LMI® is calculated using a diffusion index, in which any reading above 50 percent indicates that logistics is expanding; a reading below 50 percent is indicative of a shrinking logistics industry. The score is a combination of components including inventory levels and costs, warehousing capacity, utilization, and prices, and transportation capacity, utilization, and prices

The LMI® is updated monthly. For any archived reports, please email a request to [email protected].

2020 Third-Party Logistics Study
Started in 1996 by Dr. C. John Langley, a clinical professor of supply chain and information systems and director of development at the Center for Supply Chain Research™ at Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University, the Third-Party Logistics Study evaluates and documents the ways in which the global 3PL is constantly evolving.  To view previous 3PL Reports, please visit

The 23rd annual Third-Party Logistics Study shows that shippers and their 3PL providers are increasingly moving toward meaningful partnerships and working together to accomplish their supply chain goals.

Young Professionals in Supply Chain Study
What do young professionals think about working in the supply chain field?  Why are they attracted to the business, and what are they looking for in a career?  These are questions leaders at the CSCMP and Penske Logistics set out to answer in the bi-annual Young Professionals Survey.  Read the 2019 and 2017 survey results to better understand the largest segment in the workforce today.

2019 Supply Chain Market Research: Focus on Customer Service
Adelante SCM and BluJay Solutions, in partnership with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), conducted an online survey of supply chain and logistics professionals in March 2019. The research addressed several questions including: Will customer experience overtake price and product as the No. 1 brand differentiator? Which supply chain capabilities will be most important in delivering an enhanced customer experience (CX)? What factors are driving — and which ones are inhibiting — supply chain innovation efforts? How are companies exchanging data with trading partners, and what is the quality of that data? Read the full report to find out the answers!


Definitive Guide Textbook Series
Whether you're a practitioner or a student, these eight comprehensive guides provide the context and information needed to succeed. These tools can help you:

  • Understand all facets of supply chain management core areas.
  • Learn about current supply chain management challenges.
  • Discover ways to reduce costs and enhance supply chain performance.
  • Gain insight into emerging trends that will transform the way you manage the supply chain.

Textbooks editions include: Integrated Supply Chain Management, Inventory Management, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Supply Management and Procurement, Transportation, Warehousing, and Supply Chain Best Practices

Leveraging Supply Chain Management to Drive Organization Success
This textbook serves a dual purpose. Academics can use it for coursework as a supply chain management textbook.  This text also serves as the SCPro™ Certification Study Materials. The textbook is authored by Ted Stank and Shay Scott of the University of Tennessee and features an interactive curriculum along with commentary and exercises taught by a diverse team of educators and supply chain professionals.

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.