This title was first published in 2000. This investigation into why aspiring managers chose to study shipping and logistics in the UK uniquely discusses the issues which influenced their academic and career choices. It catalogues the attractions and deterrents to advanced study in an industry needing more highly skilled practitioners. Qualitative, quantitative and mapping approaches to modelling the vocational study decision are reported, along with a unique comparison of students’ cognitive maps.
Table of Contents
Contents: Human resource availability in shipping and logistics; International students, universities and recruitment; Evolving perceptions of employment roles in transport and logistics; Qualitative analysis of the study decision; Quantitative analysis of evolving perceptions of the study decision; Mapping and comparing postgraduates’ study decisions; Analysis and explanation of observations; A national comparison of the perceptions of undergraduates and postgraduates; Attitudes, education, state controls and practitioners in UK port logistics: a soft systems approach; Implications for practitioners in shipping and logistics; Bibliography; Appendices.
’The expanding concept of logistics and the encouragement by government for shipping companies to register in the UK combine to make this a most valuable and necessary text, which can be recommended to management in both industries as well as to those responsible for academic courses and training schemes.’ Dr John Hibbs, Emeritus Professor, University of Central England, UK ’This is an important book for all of us involved in education and training of the next generation of logistics and shipping managers. Every once in a while we must examine not just the needs of the student, but how to recruit the best students. This book clearly gives us insight into the decision process of why our students come to us, and knowing that, we might be able to get more of the best and brightest to come our way.’ David A. Menachof, City University Business School, UK