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Selecting a Research Design

The goal of research is to answer questions. Good questions, however, are just the beginning. The second step is how to answer them. With the growth in the number and complexity of research designs and methods, it can be challenging to know how to select the best research design.  Whether you are an academic or applied researcher, …

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Call for entries: PhD Dissertation Award Competition

As in past years, the 2023 Supply Chain Research Summit will showcase the best logistics and supply chain management PhD research projects being carried out in African higher education institutions. The call for entries is now open. CARISCA will recognize a winner and two runner-ups with a certificate and stipend at the 2023 summit, “Africa’s …

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From the editor’s perspective: Writing for non-academic audiences

Knowing how to write for nonacademic audiences is a key skill for researchers who want to have an impact beyond professional journals. Industry, institutions, policymakers, the general public and other stakeholders need research findings communicated in simple terms to aid them in decision making. Being able to appeal to a larger audience beyond the academic …

2023 Supply Chain Research Summit Call for Papers

On June 20-22, 2023, CARISCA will host the third annual Supply Chain Research Summit in Ghana. The 2022 summit attracted over 450 participants from 26 countries and featured more than 80 presenters.  In 2023, we are moving the summit to Ghana’s capital, Accra, to accommodate even more supply chain scholars, students and professionals. As in …

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New continuing professional development courses set for 2023

CARISCA is pleased to announce a new series of short courses for supply chain practitioners who want to enhance their professional knowledge and skills. These continuing professional development (CPD) courses are designed to help SCM staff and managers keep pace with changing industry standards and improve supply chain outcomes across Africa. The CPDs are practical, …

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Seaports and African Trade: the Role of Ports in Africa’s Economic Growth

Africa’s port infrastructure presents both challenges and opportunities for the development of trade. Among the key challenges is congestion, which leads to long cargo dwell time at the ports. Port congestion was already an issue on the continent long before the COVID-19 era.  On Feb. 9, Frank Ojadi from the Lagos Business School faculty talked about …

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Writing for News Outlets

Knowing how to write for nonacademic audiences is a key skill for researchers who want to have an impact beyond professional journals. Industry, institutions, policymakers, the general public and other stakeholders need research findings communicated in simple terms to aid them in decision making. Being able to appeal to a larger audience beyond the academic …

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Thinking Beyond Procurement

Good procurement practices can increase a company’s profits by as much as 50%. And this profit growth comes without the added expense that expanding the firm’s market share would require.  “That’s one of the best illustrative examples I’ve ever seen to be able to talk to stakeholders about why it’s important to pay close attention …

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Supply Chain Action Network (SCAN) meeting

Supply chain financing is the next frontier in managing the supply chain. It involves more than just finance plus supply chain management. Supply chain financing (SCF) is using the supply chain to fund the organization, and using the organization to fund the supply chain. In emerging economies throughout Africa, adopting supply chain financing is an …

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Roadmap to Research: Creating Your Protocol

A research protocol is the detailed plan for a study, and it comes with several benefits. First, it forces you to think through the details of your research project in advance. Second, it provides a manual for collaborators and staff training. Third, it can serve as the basis for funding proposals or institutional review board …