Hanken Newsletter 4-2012

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Title: Hanken Newsletter 4-2012
Publisher: Hanken School of Economics
Date: 2013-04-19
Language: en
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/38899
Abstract: During my years at Hanken, the subject that we now call Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography (SCM&CG) has changed dramatically. Two focal areas have grown to become the core of the subject, humanitarian logistics and corporate responsibility. An award-winning conference paper in 2006 triggered international interest and led to the establishment of an international research network in humanitarian logistics (HL). Formalising the group, the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute) was established between Hanken and the National Defence University (NDU) in 2008. Today, the institute serves as a global platform for HL research and the home for the first journal in the field, the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The second research focus is corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainable development. While environmental management has been part of the focus of the subject since the 1960s, the research focus on it has been intensified since the end of the 1990s, and has come to include both the social and environmental aspects of corporate activity. While recognising CR as a cross-disciplinary field, the focus fits well within the traditional research themes of corporate geography through its emphasis on research on the localization process, interaction with the external environment, and managing increasingly complex supply chain relationships. Today Hanken offers a CR study module, and, while it is co-ordinated by SCM&CG, it essentially integrates courses from various other subjects at Hanken. What is more, it is offered as a module for students of the University of Helsinki – in return, SCM&CG students have access to logistics and geography courses at the university. It is within this module that the students, in their final work in the course CSR: From Principles to Practice, have the task of organising a panel debate – a debate that has this year attracted very prominent speakers, of which you can read more in this newsletter.

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