Supply chain manager skills - The five most important and why

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  • Christina Schabasser University of Applied Sciences Burgenland



Supply Chain Manager Skills, Supply Chain Leads Responsibilities, Supply Chain Manager Competencies


The Supply Chain Management (SCM) world has become complex and dynamic. What skills do logisticians and supply chain managers need to have to cope with the most recent challenges at work? Being aware of these skills is highly relevant since these people play a fundamental role in ensuring a firm’s competitiveness and success. The aim of this research is to (1) study the literature, (2) carry out qualitative interviews with recruiters in the SCM field, and (3) analyze the job postings on to discover the must-have skills for logisticians and supply chain managers. The study helps to bring more clarity to the still young SCM discipline and tries to make people more aware of the key skills in SCM practices


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Schabasser, C. . (2021). Supply chain manager skills - The five most important and why. Eurasian Journal of Higher Education, (5), 1–13.