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Logistics as a science of networks and flows

Logistics as a science of networks and flows Logist. Res. (2010) 2:55–56 DOI 10.1007/s12159-010-0033-6 EDITORIAL Logistics as a science of networks and flows Peter Klaus Published online: 27 July 2010 Springer-Verlag 2010 ‘‘Logistics—what is it?’’ The first time this question was networks and flows of objects through time and and asked in an academic journal was 1954: Henry Eccles, a space (specifically goods, information, moneys, and retired US admiral, published his thoughts on the meaning people) which create value for people. It aims to of logistics in the Naval Research Logistics Quarterly. His supply recommendations for action on the design and answer was based on a still earlier (1917) book by a implementation of such networks through accepted Lieutenant Colonel Cyrus Thorpe of the US Marine Corps scientific methods. Scientific questions of the disci- titled ‘‘Pure Logistics. The Science of War Preparation’’. In pline are related primarily to the configuration, and summary, they said that logistics is about ‘‘mobilizing organisation of these networks and to the mobiliza- means for the conduct of military action—preparing for tion and control of flows. Its ultimate goal is progress war and maintaining war during its duration’’. The field’s in the balanced achievement of economic, ecological quality as a science, they suggested, might be founded and social objectives. upon a set of general principles about the ‘‘detailed manner The group supports their statement by identifying and of dividing labor in the logistical field’’. elaborating on five cornerstones to the understanding of Since, times have changed. Logistics is now being logistics as a science and its identity as an academic dis- addressed primarily in the ‘‘civilian’’ context of improving cipline. In this issue of our journal, we publish the full text business operations and the effectiveness of the economy. of the statement, hoping that it will stimulate more dis- There is no disagreement anymore about the enormous cussion, and help to advance our community’s sensitivity practical relevance of logistics and its steadily growing for the need to think about our field’s identity. We invite impact upon day-to-day economic activities. you, our authors and readers, to join the debate. But the question about the nature of ‘‘logistics as a We have four more interesting articles: Sandberg and science’’ still seems to be unresolved. Aman discuss ‘‘Logistics Learning Mechanisms and In my editorial to the preceding issue of LOGISTICS Capabilities’’: Windt, Becker, Jeken and Gelesssus propose RESEARCH, I had mentioned that members of the Sci- a ‘‘Classification Pattern for Autonomous Control Methods entific Advisory Board of the German BUNDESVERE- in Logistics’’—a preview to the themed issue coming up in INIGUNG LOGISTIK (BVL) took the courage to try and response to our current call for papers on ‘‘Autonomy and take on the challenge. What the group came up with is a Decentralized Decision Making in Logistics’’. The papers statement about today’s ‘‘basic understanding of logistics by Buer/Pankratz on ‘‘Solving a Bi-objective Winner as a science’’: Determination Problem’’ and Drexl/Prescott-Gagnon on Logistics is an application-oriented scientific disci- ‘‘Labelling Algorithms for the Elementary Shortest Path pline. It models and analyses economic systems as Problem’’ introduce new approaches to logistical decision support issues. Peter Klaus P. Klaus (&) Editor-in-Chief :LOGISTICS RESEARCH University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Nuremberg, Germany July 2010 e-mail: peter.klaus@wiso.uni-erlangen.de 123 56 Logist. Res. (2010) 2:55–56 PS: We regret a technical error in the editorial to issue to a last minute production problem, it was moved to I/2010: the article by Drexl/Prescott-Gagnon, which appears the current issue and replaced by the article by Euchi/ in this issue, was originally planned for publication in the Chabchoub on ‘‘Hybrid Tabu Search’’ without explicit preceding issue and announced in that issue’s editorial. Due mention in the editorial. We apologize to the authors. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logistics Research Springer Journals

Logistics as a science of networks and flows

Logistics Research , Volume 2 (2) – Jul 27, 2010

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Copyright © 2010 by Springer-Verlag
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Engineering; Engineering Economics, Organization, Logistics, Marketing; Logistics; Industrial and Production Engineering; Simulation and Modeling; Operation Research/Decision Theory
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Logist. Res. (2010) 2:55–56 DOI 10.1007/s12159-010-0033-6 EDITORIAL Logistics as a science of networks and flows Peter Klaus Published online: 27 July 2010 Springer-Verlag 2010 ‘‘Logistics—what is it?’’ The first time this question was networks and flows of objects through time and and asked in an academic journal was 1954: Henry Eccles, a space (specifically goods, information, moneys, and retired US admiral, published his thoughts on the meaning people) which create value for people. It aims to of logistics in the Naval Research Logistics Quarterly. His supply recommendations for action on the design and answer was based on a still earlier (1917) book by a implementation of such networks through accepted Lieutenant Colonel Cyrus Thorpe of the US Marine Corps scientific methods. Scientific questions of the disci- titled ‘‘Pure Logistics. The Science of War Preparation’’. In pline are related primarily to the configuration, and summary, they said that logistics is about ‘‘mobilizing organisation of these networks and to the mobiliza- means for the conduct of military action—preparing for tion and control of flows. Its ultimate goal is progress war and maintaining war during its duration’’. The field’s in the balanced achievement of economic, ecological quality as a science, they suggested, might be founded and social objectives. upon a set of general principles about the ‘‘detailed manner The group supports their statement by identifying and of dividing labor in the logistical field’’. elaborating on five cornerstones to the understanding of Since, times have changed. Logistics is now being logistics as a science and its identity as an academic dis- addressed primarily in the ‘‘civilian’’ context of improving cipline. In this issue of our journal, we publish the full text business operations and the effectiveness of the economy. of the statement, hoping that it will stimulate more dis- There is no disagreement anymore about the enormous cussion, and help to advance our community’s sensitivity practical relevance of logistics and its steadily growing for the need to think about our field’s identity. We invite impact upon day-to-day economic activities. you, our authors and readers, to join the debate. But the question about the nature of ‘‘logistics as a We have four more interesting articles: Sandberg and science’’ still seems to be unresolved. Aman discuss ‘‘Logistics Learning Mechanisms and In my editorial to the preceding issue of LOGISTICS Capabilities’’: Windt, Becker, Jeken and Gelesssus propose RESEARCH, I had mentioned that members of the Sci- a ‘‘Classification Pattern for Autonomous Control Methods entific Advisory Board of the German BUNDESVERE- in Logistics’’—a preview to the themed issue coming up in INIGUNG LOGISTIK (BVL) took the courage to try and response to our current call for papers on ‘‘Autonomy and take on the challenge. What the group came up with is a Decentralized Decision Making in Logistics’’. The papers statement about today’s ‘‘basic understanding of logistics by Buer/Pankratz on ‘‘Solving a Bi-objective Winner as a science’’: Determination Problem’’ and Drexl/Prescott-Gagnon on Logistics is an application-oriented scientific disci- ‘‘Labelling Algorithms for the Elementary Shortest Path pline. It models and analyses economic systems as Problem’’ introduce new approaches to logistical decision support issues. Peter Klaus P. Klaus (&) Editor-in-Chief :LOGISTICS RESEARCH University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Nuremberg, Germany July 2010 e-mail: peter.klaus@wiso.uni-erlangen.de 123 56 Logist. Res. (2010) 2:55–56 PS: We regret a technical error in the editorial to issue to a last minute production problem, it was moved to I/2010: the article by Drexl/Prescott-Gagnon, which appears the current issue and replaced by the article by Euchi/ in this issue, was originally planned for publication in the Chabchoub on ‘‘Hybrid Tabu Search’’ without explicit preceding issue and announced in that issue’s editorial. Due mention in the editorial. We apologize to the authors.

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