Title

The Perceived Importance of Statistics in the Logistics and Transportation Industry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

In this article, we examine the quantitative skills necessary for entry-level managers to be successful in the logistics and transportation industry. A mail survey was sent to executives in ocean carriers, motor carriers, and third-party logistics companies. The responses indicated that statistics played either a critical or a supportive role in the operation of their companies. Sampling, graphics, probability, and quality methods were the most widely used statistical techniques. Among available software, the spreadsheet (Excel) was the top choice. We include suggestions for ensuring that appropriate statistical techniques are incorporated into an undergraduate statistical curriculum.

Recommended Citation

Parker, R. Stephen, John L. Kent, and Thomas S. Brown. "The perceived importance of statistics in the logistics and transportation industry." Journal of Education for Business 76, no. 4 (2001): 185-188.

DOI for the article

10.1080/08832320109601308

Department

Marketing

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