Therefore, by choosing an article-based dissertation, Ph D students might have a better opportunity to work together with other Ph D students and senior researchers; in doing so, they also learn how to “play the game.”].
These efforts provide Ph D students, other academic staff as well as practitioners with an overview of what has been researched within the logistics and SCM area.
A score for measuring the significance of article-based dissertations is also proposed.
One way to keep track of the progress of logistics and supply chain management (SCM) discipline is to analyze the doctoral dissertations within the research area.
Completing a thesis is a requirement for every graduate student at MIT.
The SCM program turns this academic requirement into an opportunity for students to conceive and execute independent research on a topic of their choice.Students exercise their communication skills through poster presentations of their projects at Research Expo in January and final presentations at Research Fest event in May.They also work with a writing instructor to develop an executive summary of their research.The number of Ph D students in the Nordic countries has increased significantly during the last decades .Based on the rise in the number of dissertations as well as their varying content, it is interesting to investigate the requirements that are part of completing a Ph D dissertation.There has been an escalation in dissertations that are based on collections of articles instead of a monograph , which might be driving Ph D students to learn and master the craft of publishing from the very start of their career.No matter what, the culture of many research departments is characterized by a high focus on performance in terms of publications in ranked journals .The first study of compendiums of Ph D research in logistics conducted by Stock back in 1987 .This study showed a distinct increasing trend in the number of dissertations within SCM- and/or logistic-related areas in the period from 1999 to 2004 when compared to the period covered by the 2001 study.But surprisingly, the count between 19 fell short of the overall levels of 1987–1991.A more interesting finding of the 2006 study was that the dissertations were more multifaceted due to the fact that they closely mirrored the cross-functional and boundary spanning nature of logistics; at the same time, their multifaceted nature made the classification task more difficult.