Operations research practice on logistics management in Taiwan: An academic view

Yen Chun Jim Wu*, I. C. Huang

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The opinions of logistics educators in Taiwan on OR practices in the domestic logistics industry are explored in this research. In this study, questionnaires were given to 42 pre-screened educators at 10 logistics departments and graduate institutes. According to the 37 valid returned questionnaires, 70% of the responding educators believe the major source of OR techniques in Taiwan's logistics industry originates from individual employee training, while 92% believe OR is not widely used primarily because companies are unfamiliar with OR techniques. OR techniques were considered helpful in solving problems by 73%. Generally speaking, familiarity with OR techniques is not associated with implementation of OR techniques by educators. Additionally, logistics educators express concern about insufficient training for logistics students in Taiwan. However, they are optimistic about the logistics industry's willingness to more actively adopt OR techniques in Taiwan in the next two years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-435
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Logistics
  • OR applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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