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Job Types in the Supply Chain Management Profession
Journal of Supply Chain Management (2010)
  • Christian L. Rossetti, Georgia Southern University
  • Kevin D. Dooley
There is little academic consensus on a definition of supply chain management (SCM). Education and research could benefit from a better understanding of how practice is defining the profession, in terms of the type of jobs associated with SCM. Existing definitions of SCM suggest two archetypal job functions: functional integrator and process manager. To compare existing definitions to practice, we analyzed job descriptions associated with the field of SCM using computerized text analysis. We find tentative support that industry views a SCM professional as a process manager. In a post hoc analysis, cluster analyses based on similarity of job descriptions indicate eight different types of SCM jobs, differentiated by associated tasks as well as industry characteristics. This second analysis shows that SCM is most closely aligned with Sourcing and Operations Management. These results have important implications for the SCM profession. Pedagogically, our results indicate that SCM is becoming a more analytical field with tight links to information systems. There is also a lack of a common definition of SCM that Human Resource departments use when advertising for SCM positions. This lack of shared definition means that researchers should use caution when identifying key informants for empirical research as tasks and responsibilities vary widely between job descriptions in our sample.
  • Supply chain management,
  • SCM,
  • Functional integrator,
  • Process manager,
  • Sourcing and operations management
Publication Date
July, 2010
Citation Information
Christian L. Rossetti and Kevin D. Dooley. "Job Types in the Supply Chain Management Profession" Journal of Supply Chain Management Vol. 46 Iss. 3 (2010) p. 40 - 56 ISSN: 1745-493X
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