The industrial transportation manager makes arrangements for his or her firm's freight transportation needs. He/she stands between shippers' needs and available carriers. In a system analyst's chart of nodes and links in the supply chain, the firm's transportation manager is responsible for the links. Within the U.S. economy, purchases of freight transportation are approximately 6% of GDP. Despite the domestic transportation managers' pivotal role in the supply chain's day-to-day functioning, discussion of this role receives relatively little attention in academic journals. To aid in updating the understanding of transportation managers' current duties and perspectives, a survey was conducted using labels provided by the Council of Logistics Management roster. About 600 names were chosen that had either "traffic" or "transportation" in the their title. This paper reports the results of the survey with the authors' interpretations and conclusions provided.


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  • Accession Number: 00789521
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2000 12:00AM