Identification of Megatrends Affecting Complexity in Logistics Systems

TitleIdentification of Megatrends Affecting Complexity in Logistics Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKersten, W, von See, B, Skirde, H
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsNext Generation Supply Chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9879-6; 978-3-7375-0340-2
ISSN NumberISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsComplexity, Literature Review, logistics systems, megatrends

To cope with megatrends companies often react with changes resulting in
complexity. Thus, managing complexity results in increasing costs. Especially
logistics service providers have to cope with cost pressure and are due to their
size often limited in case of resources. In order to assess these costs an
adequate complexity cost assessment has to be developed. Before developing
such an approach, the question what drives complexity in logistics systems has
to be raised and answered. In this paper, 16 megatrends affecting logistics
systems are identified through literature review, expert interviews, and a focus
group discussion. The identification and discussion of these megatrends with
regard to complexity provides a first step towards a complexity cost
assessment. Megatrends can thereby function as important drivers of
complexity in logistics systems.