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Teaching distribution planning: a problem-based learning approach

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dc.contributor.author Grasas, Àlex
dc.contributor.author Ramalhinho-Lourenço, Helena
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-16T08:54:29Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-16T08:54:29Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Grasas A, Ramalhinho H. Teaching distribution planning: a problem-based learning approach. International Journal of Logistics Management. 2016 Aug 8;27(1):377-94. DOI: 10.1108/IJLM-05-2014-0075
dc.identifier.issn 0957-4093
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/44236
dc.description.abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a problem-based learning (PBL) activity that uses a decision support system (DSS) to teach one of the most fundamental topics in distribution planning: vehicle routing. Design/methodology/approach The authors describe their teaching experience in a logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) course. In the PBL activity proposed, students need to solve a typical vehicle routing case with no previous theoretical background taught. The paper is written as a teaching guide for other instructors, detailing how the activity may be carried out in class. Findings The PBL activity involved students from the very beginning, challenging them to solve a rather complicated problem. Its acceptance was very positive according to the student feedback survey conducted after the activity. Only when struggling with the difficulties of the case proposed, did students really appreciate the potential value of a DSS for making better decisions. Moreover, this activity raised concerns about how DSSs must be adapted for implementation in every business scenario. Originality/value Teaching logistics management goes beyond lecturing on elemental concepts and tools; it is also about applying this knowledge to manage things. Although several PBL initiatives have been reported to be successful in the field of LSCM, this one incorporates a web-based DSS. The main issue in PBL activities is finding authentic and representative problems to develop transferable skills, and currently most logistics problems are solved using DSS.
dc.description.sponsorship This work has been partially supported by the Centre for Teaching Quality and Innovation (CQUID) of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (TRA2013-48180-C3-2-P).
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Emerald
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of Logistics Management. 2016 Aug 8;27(1):377-94
dc.rights This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Grasas A, Ramalhinho H. Teaching distribution planning: a problem-based learning approach. International Journal of Logistics Management. 2016 Aug 8;27(1):377-94, which has been published by Emerald in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-05-2014-0075
dc.title Teaching distribution planning: a problem-based learning approach
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-05-2014-0075
dc.subject.keyword Problem-based learning
dc.subject.keyword Decision support system
dc.subject.keyword Teaching
dc.subject.keyword Vehicle routing problem
dc.subject.keyword Logistics management
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/TRA2013-48180-C3-2-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion

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