• Reza Zanjirani Farahani
  • Nasrin Asgari
  • Hoda Davarzani
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


In recent years, the area of supply chain management (SCM) has become very popular. This is evidenced by marked increases in practitioner and academic publications, conferences, professional development programs and university courses in the area. While interest in SCM is immense, it is clear that much of the knowledge about SCM resides in narrow functional silos such as purchasing, logistics, IT and marketing. This growing area of knowledge needs more attention; first of all, there isn’t any manuscript considering the new eras of this discipline; in addition, most of the existent texts concentrate on the missing theoretical aspects and empirical evidences. This book tries to consider both sides and, at the end of each chapter, theories are illustrated by case studies. This chapter introduces logistics and SCM and contains some primary definitions about these two concepts. Some obstacles, pre-requisites and infrastructures of modernized logistics and SCM and global SCM are also illustrated.


Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Professional Development Program Supply Chain Network Financial Flow 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reza Zanjirani Farahani
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nasrin Asgari
    • 3
  • Hoda Davarzani
    • 4
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringAmirkabir University of TechnologyTehranIran
  2. 2.Logistics & Supply Chain Researches & Studies GroupInstitute for Trade Studies & ResearchTehranIran
  3. 3.Faculty of EntrepreneurshipUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  4. 4.Industrail Engineering Department, Faculty of EngineeringTarbiat Modares UniversityTehranIran

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