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Analysing the Demand for Supply Chain Jobs through Job Advertisements

Cacciolatti, Luca and Mar Molinero, Cecilio (2013) Analysing the Demand for Supply Chain Jobs through Job Advertisements. Working paper. Kent Business School

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To stay in touch with reality, universities need to adapt their courses to the needs of employers. We analyse 510 job advertisements in the area of supply chain management in order to understand the skills that employers are seeking from employees, the type of jobs that these will be conducting, and the personal characteristics that are preferred by employers. The information contained in the advertisements was captured by means of 132 keywords. The resulting data set was analysed using multivariate statistical tools: Ordinal Multidimensional Scaling and Cluster analysis. It was found that every advertisement can be described by means of six dimensions: managing versus planning; analysis versus applicability; experience required; a focus on the firm’s internal processes versus a focus on the firm’s external stakeholders; the level of expertise required; and the way in which employers reward employees according to the skills, duties and job type. Advertisements fell into two categories, those aimed at experienced individuals who were enticed to change jobs, and those aimed at graduates. Skills required from graduates included analytical skills, and ability to solve problems. The consequences for designing university courses in supply chain management are explored.

Item Type: Monograph (Working paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Content Analysis, Multivariate Statistics, Advertisements, Graduate Employment.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 02 May 2013 10:09 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:09 UTC
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