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What is it? Approaches to developing shared meaning about the logistics and supply chain industries: lessons from the EMPATHY net-works project

Loureiro-Koechlin, Cecilia and Allan, Barbara (2008) What is it? Approaches to developing shared meaning about the logistics and supply chain industries: lessons from the EMPATHY net-works project. International Journal of Logistics: research and applications, 11 (5). pp. 381-392. ISSN 1367-5567

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13675560802389148

Abstract

This study explores the impact of different learning strategies in a part-time postgraduate programme, managed by the EMPATHY Net-Works project, to encourage graduate women into the logistics and supply chain industries (LaSCI). We use an interpretivist approach and data were collected from the e-learning system, academic assignments, and the module evaluation process. The outcomes of this study illustrate the different ways in which participants develop their language and hence their knowledge of the LaSCI. Three approaches were shown to have a significant impact on participants’ understanding of the industries: the logistics safari, an inquiry-based project, and guest speakers and e-mentors. Finally, we explore the EMPATHY Net-Works community of practice and illustrate how it spanned a number of traditional boundaries. We show that active participation within this community supports women's progression into and within the LaSCI.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:10763
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