oa South African Journal of Higher Education - Skills requirements in South African supply chains : a higher education perspective

Volume 33 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



In recent years, South African supply chains have struggled to move domestic and international freight efficiently and effectively. The purpose of this article is to determine the skills that students believe are required in the industry to determine whether there is a mismatch between the supply and the demand of supply chain management skills. The findings from this research suggest that, while industry has a need for technical (hard) skills, there is a stronger requirement for soft skills, which largely appear to be undervalued by students. This suggests that current curriculums focus on hard skills and do not meet the skill sets required by industry, which provides evidence of gaps within the current supply chain education programmes. This research provides an original contribution in that it is the only survey that gauges students’ perspectives on logistics and supply chain requirements in South Africa and compares them to industry perspectives to provide a comprehensive overview of supply chain education in South Africa.

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