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.

About Journal of Business Logistics

Edited By: Robert "Glenn" Richey, Jr. and Beth Davis-Sramek of Auburn University
5-year Impact Factor: 7.362
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2020:48/226 (Management)
Online ISSN: 2158-1592

The editorial objectives of the Journal of Business Logistics are to advance knowledge and science and to stimulate greater thought and effort in the fields of logistics and supply chain management by providing readers with:

  • new and helpful information;
  • new logistics and supply chain management theory or techniques;
  • research generalizations about logistics and supply chain management thought and practice;
  • creative views and syntheses of dispersed concepts in logistics and supply chain management;
  • articles in subject areas which have significant current impact on thought and practice in logistics and supply chain management which present challenges for the future.

Robert “Glenn” Richey, Jr.

Auburn University

Beth Davis-Sramek

Auburn University

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Volume 42, Issue 4
Published: October 2021

Expanding supply chain management and logistics research: A year in review
Beth Davis-Sramek, Robert Glenn Richey Jr. 
Original Articles:
Pricing Dynamics in the Truckload Sector: The Moderating Role of the Electronic Logging Device Mandate
Jason W. Miller, Alex Scott, Brent D. Williams
Cost Avoidance: Not Everything that Counts is Counted
Lisa M. Ellram, Wendy L. Tate
Exploring Longitudinal Industry-Level Large Truckload Driver Turnover
Jason W. Miller, Yemisi Bolumole, William A. Muir

Volume 42, Issue 3
Published July 2021

Volume 42, Issue 2
Published June 2021

Volume 42, Issue 1
Published March 2021

Volume 41, Issue 4
Published December 2020

Later issues of the Journal of Business Logistics can be found here .  Volumes until the year 2000 are available digitally.  For any later issues, please contact the Journal of Business Logistics at [email protected]

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CSCMP continues to be a champion for bridging academic rigor and practical relevance.  Where else can the global community of scholars convene with the supply chain community to be informed and influenced by those who make the seemingly impossible happen every day?  The Journal of Business Logistics is the epitome of this melding of the minds.  CSCMP and JBL have long been vital sources for good ideas, inspiration, and support for my research and teaching endeavors.

- Tom Goldsby, James A. Haslam II Chair of Logistics
Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee


Call for Papers: Special Topic Forums

Transformative Supply Chain Research 

Transformative research is scholarship that not only employs rigorous methods to inform theory, but that also contributes to the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and ecosystems by disseminating and applying findings to relevant stakeholders. In this context, wellbeing is defined as “a state of flourishing that involves health, happiness and prosperity” across physical, emotional, social, economic, spiritual, environmental and political dimensions,” (Mick et al., 2012). Transformative research by business scholars has grown over the past two decades, particularly within the marketing discipline via the transformative consumer research (TCR) movement. In the management discipline, transformative service research (TSR) has built upon TCR, where both communities have explored topics such as poverty alleviation, sustainability, health, and service execution, among other topics. This special topic forum is a call to action for supply chain researchers to address the role of supply chain management and logistics (SCML) in bringing about enhanced well-being outcomes by engaging in transformative supply chain research (TSCR) (Mollenkopf et al. 2020).

The special topic forum will kick off with a 45-minute webinar. The guest editors will describe the objectives, review process, and what they will be looking for in a suitable submission, including Q&As. A recording of the webinar is available here for those unable to attend, or for anyone wishing to revisit the discussion. For more information, click here .
Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2021

Given the broad scope of entrepreneurial activity in firms and the economy, entrepreneurship research applies different foci from many disciplines to advance theory and practice. The importance of instilling an entrepreneurial mindset into all organizations cannot be overemphasized (Kuratko, Fisher, and Audretsch, 2020). When there is an opportunity to reach more customers in a novel way, startups and entrepreneurial companies gravitate to new developments with resources and ingenuity. Supply chain management (SCM) supports – and often initiates – the recognition of such market opportunities. Yet, in the academic arena, research literature has yet to adequately capture this rich dynamic between entrepreneurship and supply chain management.

This Special Topic Forum aims to broaden the discussion of the influence supply chain management and entrepreneurship can have on each field. Additionally, new business insights garnered from combining best practices and theory from the two popular fields is also sought. For more information, click here .

Submission deadline: December 31, 2021

A decades-long focus on logistics and supply chain (LSCM) optimization with goals of minimizing costs, reducing inventories, and driving up asset utilization has diminished the ability of some supply chains (SC) to respond to dynamic market changes. The impact of recent global disturbances even triggered the collapse of some SCs. This underscores that many companies do not have a SC strategy that supports a rapidly changing global environment, and this can leave them unprepared to respond to disruptions from global emergencies (Kovács & Tatham 2009).

Is it possible that the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing more companies to develop strategies for a globally responsive SC? Even more broadly, are companies beginning to understand the significance of the “AAA” (i.e., agile, aligned, and adaptable) SC? (Cohen & Kouvelis 2021; Lee 2021). Are management teams willing to pivot their thinking from short-term cost minimization to a longer-term emphasis on building SC capabilities that can rapidly respond to market dynamism?

This STF calls for research that will document when, why, and how companies shift their SCs to become more responsive through a reconceptualization AAA capabilities: agility (Gligor and Holcomb 2013), adaptability (Wieland and Durach, 2021), and alignment (Novak et al., 2021). Other responsiveness dimensions such as flexibility, improvisation, and resilience (Iyengar et al. 2021; Pettit et al. 2019; Richey et al. 2022) could also be examined. These capabilities – taken together or deployed in isolation - can enhance LSCM responsiveness. The guest editors seek theoretical and empirical contributions that provide innovative frameworks, conceptualizations, and practical solutions addressing a variety of important issues at the managerial, organizational, community, societal and/or planetary levels. For more information, click here.

Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2022

The Journal of Business Logistics 2020 Awards 

Bernard LaLonde Best Paper Award

Travis Tokar, Brent D. Williams, and Brian S. Fugate. “I Heart Logsitics—Just Don’t Ask Me to Pay For It: Online Shopper Behavior in Response to a Delivery Carrier Upgrade and Subsequent Shipping Charge Increase. ” Journal of Business Logistics 41, no. 3 (2020): 182-205.

Highly Commended: 
Manuel Wehrle, Sabrina Lechler, Heiko von der Gracht, and Evi Hartmann. “Digitalization and its Impact on the Future Role of SCM Executives in Talent Management – An International Cross-Industry Delphi Study.” Journal of Business Logistics 41, no. 4 (2020): 356-383.

Highly Commended: 
Henrik Franke and Kai Foerstl. “Goals, Conflict, Politics, and Performance of Cross-Functional Sourcing Teams—Results from a Social Team Experiment .” Journal of Business Logistics 41, no. 1 (2020): 6-30.

Associate Editor Awards:

Christian Durach,
Professor and Chair of Supply Chain and Operations Management, ESCP Business School

Andreas Wieland,
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Risk Management, Copenhagen Business School

Jason Miller,
Associate Professor, Broad College of Business, Michigan State University


Best Reviewer Awards:

Deepak Iyengar,
Associate Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Parker College of Business, Georgia Southern University

John Saldanha,
Sears Chair in Global Supply Chain Management and Associate Professor, John Chambers College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University

Rafay Ishfaq,
W. Allen Reed Associate Professor, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University

Katie Wowak,
Associate Professor, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame



Interested authors can submit their paper to the Journal of Business Logistics online, through Wiley's ScholarOne Manuscripts system.