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Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective, 7th Edition

  • John J. Coyle Penn State University
  • Robert A. Novack Penn State University
  • Brian Gibson Auburn University
  • Edward J. Bardi University of Toledo
  • ISBN-10: 032478919X  |  ISBN-13: 9780324789195
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2000, 1994
  • © 2011 | Published
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Transportation is arguably the most critical component of global supply chains. And one of the most complex. Delivering comprehensive coverage of current domestic and global transportation trends, TRANSPORTATION: A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE, 7e equips your students with a solid understanding of this dynamic field. More student friendly than ever, the SEVENTH EDITION helps readers understand both the fundamental role and importance of transportation in companies and in society, as well as the complex environment in which transportation service is provided today. Taking a managerial approach, the authors give students the tools to successfully adapt to this fast-paced and rapidly changing industry. The text is organized into three parts. Part I provides a framework and foundation for the role of transportation from a micro and macro perspective in supply chains. Discussions include both the theoretical and managerial dimensions of transportation in supply chains, including regulation and public policy. Part II focuses on the providers of transportation, offering an industry overview, operating and service characteristics, cost structure, and current challenges and issues. Part III focuses on a variety of critical transportation management issues, providing insightful discussions of the strategic activities and challenges involved in the movement of goods through the supply chain.

Features and Benefits

  • Comprehensive Coverage: TRANSPORTATION: A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE, 7e delivers thorough coverage of current domestic and global transportation trends. The U.S. has seen an increased importance placed on transportation security both within and outside its borders, and the dramatic volatility in worldwide fuel prices has put a strain on transportation costs and capacity. These events illustrate that transportation may be the most critical--and most vulnerable--component of global supply chains.
  • Rich Applications: Increased group and individual projects and activities keep students involved and engaged with hands-on learning.
  • Current: The new edition is completely up to date. Examples, boxes, and tables have been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest industry information.
  • End-of-Chapter Material: Ideal for homework assignments or lively in-class discussions, end-of-chapter material includes a Summary, Study Questions, and two Cases with Case Questions that require students to apply chapter concepts to real-world scenarios and think critically about the concepts.

Table of Contents

1. Transportation: Critical Link in the Supply Chain.
2. Transportation: Critical Link in the Economy.
3. Transportation Regulation and Public Policy.
4. Costing and Pricing for Transportation.
5. Motor Carriers.
6. Railroads.
7. Airlines.
8. Water Carriers and Pipelines.
9. Transportation Risk Management.
10. Global Transportation Planning.
11. Global Transportation Execution.
12. Third Party Logistics.
13. Private Transportation and Fleet Management.
14. Issues and Challenges of Global Supply Chains.

What's New

  • New co-author Dr. Brian Gibson adds exciting new insights to transportation and highlights some of the latest practices and emerging trends in the field. An accomplished instructor, he has received multiple awards for outstanding teaching, research, and outreach--most notably the 2006 Auburn University Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Gibson also serves in leadership roles for the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Distribution Business Management Association, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
  • Thoroughly revised and updated, the exciting new Seventh Edition has been reorganized to be more student friendly than ever. The four chapters in Part I equip readers with a thorough overview of transportation, while the four chapters in Part II focus on the providers of transportation. Part III includes six new chapters highlighting emerging transportation management issues.
  • All-new Chapter 14, Issues and Challenges of Global Supply Chains, offers real-world insight into current and emerging challenges facing global supply chains.
  • In every chapter, four new boxed features deliver the latest technology, trends, and examples from the field. Transportation Profile opening vignettes introduce students to chapter concepts through familiar, real-world examples. On the Line features provide applied, concrete examples that give students hands-on managerial experience with chapter topics. Transportation Technology boxes help readers relate technological developments to transportation management concepts. Global Perspectives highlight the activities and importance of transportation outside of the United States.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual for Transportation: Supply Chain Perspective  (ISBN-10: 1439080038 | ISBN-13: 9781439080030)

Find the time-saving support you need with this valuable manual, which includes a chapter overview, answers to the study questions, and case notes. Available online and on the Instructor's Resource CD.

ExamView for Coyle/Novack/Gibson/Bardi, Transportation: Supply Chain Perspective  (ISBN-10: 1439080046 | ISBN-13: 9781439080047)

All questions from the Test Bank are available in this easy-to-use test-creation program. Edit, add, delete, or rearrange questions in ExamView® to meet your specific course needs. Available on the Instructor's Resource CD.

PowerPoint® for Coyle/Novack/Gibson/Bardi, Transportation: A Supply Chain Perspective  (ISBN-10: 1439080054 | ISBN-13: 9781439080054)

Engage your students as you bring transportation concepts to life in your classroom using these PowerPoint® lecture presentation slides. Available for each chapter, these insightful slides highlight text material, helping students synthesize key transportation concepts. PowerPoint® slides are available online and on the Instructor's Resource CD.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John J. Coyle

John J. Coyle is currently director of corporate relations for the Center for Supply Chain Research and professor emeritus of logistics and supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He holds a BS and MS from Penn State and earned his doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was a U.S. Steel Fellow. He joined the Penn State faculty in 1961 and attained the rank of full professor in 1967. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served in a number of administrative positions, including department head, assistant dean, senior associate dean, special assistant for strategic planning to the university president, and executive director of the Center for Supply Chain Research. He also served as Penn State’s faculty representative to the NCAA for 30 years and to the Big Ten for 10 years. Dr. Coyle was the editor of the Journal of Business Logistics from 1990 to 1996. He has authored or coauthored 20 books or monographs and numerous articles in professional journals. He has received 14 awards at Penn State for teaching excellence and advising. In addition, he received the Council of Logistics Management’s Distinguished Service Award in 1991; the Philadelphia Traffic Club’s Person of the Year Award in 2003; and the Eccles Medal from the International Society of Logistics for his contributions to the Department of Defense and the Lion’s Paw Medal from Penn State for Distinguished Service, both in 2004. Dr. Coyle currently serves on the boards of three logistics and supply chain service companies and on the Advisory Board of the NLDC and continues to be active in teaching in the Executive Education Programs at Penn State.

Robert A. Novack

Robert Novack is an associate professor of supply chain management in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State University. From 1981 to 1984 he worked in operations management and planning for the Yellow Freight Corporation in Overland Park, Kansas, and from 1984 to 1986 he worked in planning and transportation at Drackett Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Novack’s numerous articles have been published in such publications as the Journal of Business Logistics, Transportation Journal, and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. He also is a coauthor of Creating Logistics Value: Themes for the Future. Active in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, he has served as overall program chair for the annual conference, as a track chair, and as a session speaker as well as a member of numerous committees. Dr. Novack holds the CTL designation from AST&L and is a member of WERC. He earned a BS degree and an MBA in logistics from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in logistics from the University of Tennessee.

Brian Gibson

Brian Gibson is a professor of supply chain management and program coordinator for the Department of Aviation and Supply Chain Management at Auburn University. He served for five years on the faculty of Georgia Southern University as director of the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, and he also has 10 years of experience as a logistics manager for two major retailers. An accomplished faculty member, Dr. Gibson has received multiple awards for outstanding teaching, research, and outreach−most notably the 2006 Auburn University Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award. He has coauthored more than 50 refereed and invited articles in the JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LOGISTICS, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, and other leading publications. He is actively engaged in executive education, seminar development, and consulting with leading organizations. Dr. Gibson serves in leadership roles for the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Distribution Business Management Association, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He earned a BSBA from Central Michigan University, an MBA from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in logistics and transportation from the University of Tennessee.

Edward J. Bardi

Edward J. Bardi is principal of Bardi Consulting and professor emeritus of business logistics at the University of Toledo. He also has served as acting dean and associate dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Toledo and has held faculty positions at Iowa State University. Dr. Bardi has published numerous articles dealing with business logistics, transportation management, carrier selection, economic development, and employee household goods movement in various journals, including TRANSPORTATION JOURNAL, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LOGISTICS, HANDLING AND SHIPPING, BAYLOR BUSINESS REVIEW, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, LOGISTICS & TRANSPORTATION REVIEW, and PERSONNEL JOURNAL. He also is co-author of SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: A LOGISTICS PERSPECTIVE, 8E. A popular seminar leader of domestic and global business logistics management development programs, Dr. Bardi has served as a consultant to numerous business and public agencies in the areas of business logistics, marketing, and economic development. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Penn State University, majoring in business logistics/transportation economics.