Business Administration (MBA)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Christopher A. Boone, Ph.D.


In the increasingly global and complex environment in which modern business operate, business leaders are being forced to squeeze competitive advantage from every facet of their operations. Research in the field of logistics performance measurement establishes the link between success in performance measurement and improved organizational performance. Through the lens of management fashion theory, this research effort assesses to what extent logistics academic discourse addresses the performance measurement requirements and practices of industry practitioners. This research effort represents the first such application of the management fashion theory within the logistics field. Consistencies between logistics performance measurement emphases within the investigated body of literature and those practices represented by the annual metrics study conducted by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) reveal that logistics scholars are playing a fashion setting role and, in some instances, are leading industry performance measurement practices. Aligning with the principles of the management fashion theory, the results of this study suggest that academic institutions are succeeding as fashion setters not only through the education of future leaders but by developing the logistics performance measures that industry needs.