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Engineering 21st century logistics systems: a cultural perspective

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Aston Talks: online public lecture series 2020/21

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Engineering 21st century logistics systems: a cultural perspective

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Online public lecture by Ed Sweeney, professor of logistics and systems and head of Department of Engineering Systems & Supply Chain Management in the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Aston University.

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Products and services reach the final user through complex global networks of companies and processes. Economic and societal well-being in the 21st century is critically dependent on the logistics systems that underpin these supply chains.

This online lecture introduces the fascinating - but often invisible - world of logistics using a variety of cultural references to illustrate the key elements.

It also explores how the effective application of engineering principles and concepts – particularly design and systems thinking – can help to address some of the mega challenges facing logisticians and other supply chain professionals.

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Ed Sweeney is professor of logistics and systems and head of Department of Engineering Systems & Supply Chain Management in the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Aston University. He leads a multidisciplinary group of academics with interests in logistics, transport, supply chain systems and allied fields.

Ed was previously director at the National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), based at the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) in Ireland. He joined NITL in 1998 from the University of Warwick in the UK where he was a lecturer in manufacturing systems engineering at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) from 1988.

Ed has worked and lectured in over 50 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, and has held visiting professorships and other part-time positions at several institutions worldwide.

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