Research Themes

The ASCI/ASCI partnership has identified five macro themes as its key areas of research. The lists of research topics under each theme are indicative only of the typical research questions under each of these themes and should are not definitive. Research activity under each theme is determined by available expertise, requirements from industry, government, and related considerations.

The research themes are:

Globalisation and Competitive Advantage

The global economy has redefined the dynamics of competition for modern organisations. With product lifecycles shortening and worldwide competiveness increasing, success depends on effective global supply chain leadership, innovation, and strategies to deliver the right product to the right market at the right time.

Regional and Economic Development and Sustainability

Many Australian Supply Chains consist of a multitude of small businesses, which operate in and around the regions relying heavily on infrastructure, systems, and economic initiatives to support these businesses. Regional and Economic Strategies need to significantly address these supply chain challenges in this regard particularly as it relates to employment and business generated across these regions.

Environment, Energy and Emmisions

Global Organisations continues to plan massive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from their global supply chains by having suppliers reduce emissions involved in the sourcing, manufacturing, transportation, and disposal of the thousands of products are sold in stores.

Business Systems, Processes and Technology

The systemic, strategic coordination of the traditional business functions and the tactics across these business functions within particular companies and across businesses within the supply chain are constantly challenged in terms of improving the long-term performance of the individual companies and the supply chain as a whole.

There is a clear requirement for innovation in business processes and technology to execute supply chain transactions, manage supplier relationships and control associated business processes, including aspects such as risks associated with events and factors that can disrupt a supply chain.

Logistics Operations and Infrastructure

Infrastructure Investment, Policies & Utilisation towards Sustainable Economic Development in the context of:

  • Remote Economic Activity
    • Mining & Agriculture
  • Regional Economic Activity
    • Produce and Manufacturing
  • Metropolitan Systems
    • Congestion and Transport Systems
    • Intercity Infrastructure