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ISSN 1734-459X 2010 Vol. 6 Issue 3 No 3

EVOLUTION OF COMPETENCIES OF LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGERS Danuta Kisperska-Moroń University of Economics, Katowice, Poland

ABSTRACT. One new concept emerging in current business reality is a virtual supply chain. This paper indicates in what way a virtual supply chain, that is subject to constant changes, influences the requirements for competencies of managerial staff in that specific business environment operating with discontinuities, temporary character, focus on customers, geographical dispersion, intensive support of IT systems, network structure and an extensive use of key competencies of their members. The paper presents the concept of virtual supply chain and results of research conducted in order to determine how current knowledge and skills of decision-makers fit into that concept. In that sense the quality of human resources, connected to logistics operations and management, has been examined from the point of view of the directions of required changes in the area of adequate qualifications and competencies for efficient management of virtual supply chains. Research was be based on a survey, conducted in 2010 and aiming at identification of skills and qualifications of logistics personnel in average Polish companies. Results of the study indicated that logistics qualifications of managerial personnel in Polish companies are constantly improving. Requirements of virtualisation of logistics and supply chain business result in a modified patterns of logistics professional carriers and new challenges for education and training systems. Key words: logistics skills and competencies, human resource management, virtual supply chains.

INTRODUCTION
World business is facing new challenges in the present millennium. Actual economic reality becomes constantly more difficult for companies due to a synergy of larger complexity and growing dynamics of business processes. It results in discontinuity of development of businesses, particularly in the environment troubled by economic recessions and cycles of shrinking business opportunities. In those circumstances, a virtual organization became one of the symbols of modern economic and social development, however, it still remains one of the least understood and the most discussed concepts. Virtual supply chains are frequently identified with e-business, computer communication and digital products. Within the framework of organization theory, a virtual supply chain is more than that; it is an organization that is subject to constant changes, demonstrating a specific potential when required, overcoming time and space barriers. Virtual supply chains could be described by such attributes like temporary character, focus on customers, geographical dispersion, intensive support of IT systems, network structure and an extensive use of key competencies of their members. Supply chain can be described as a specific form of a virtual organization with its all characteristics. New organizational patterns definitely demand modified skills and competencies of logistics and supply chain management personnel.

Copyright: Wyższa Szkoła Logistyki, Poznań, Polska Citation: Kisperska-Moroń D., 2010, Evolution of competencies of logistics and supply chain managers. LogForum 6, 3, 3 URL: http://www.logforum.net/vol6/issue3/no3 Accepted: 27.07.2010, on-line: 10.09.2010.

Kisperska-Moroń D., 2010, Evolution of competencies of logistics and supply chain managers. LogForum 6, 3, 3. URL: http://www.logforum.net/vol6/issue3/no3

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