1st Edition

Training in Logistics and the Freight Transport Industry The Experience of the European Project ADAPT-FIT

By Alfonso Morvillo, Gennaro Ferrara Copyright 2002

    This title was first published in 2002. In the last few decades, relationships within the transport and logistics industry have become more complex due to the rising importance of information and communication technology, the growth of just-in-time delivery and increasing globalization. Such changes call for new forms of training, both managerial and vocational, for the continued development of the industry. This detailed and enterprising volume focuses on the transnational integrated training FIT Project (Formazione Integrata Transnazionale) set up within the European Programme ADAPT, which brought together academics and professionals to boost transport and logistics in Southern Italy. The project highlights cultural, motivational and training differences among the companies studied and suggests proper strategies for human resource development. Through an original methodology, it advocates an innovative and modular training programme to meet the needs of expertise and flexibility within the sector. The results can be used by the industry in general as best practice operative guidelines.

    Contents: Training in Logistics and Freight Transport: Background: Trends in logistics and freight transport in Italy: implications on training needs, Alfonso Morvillo; Information and communication technologies: a key factor in freight transport and logistics, Pietro Evangelista; Education and training provision in the field of logistics and transport in Italy, Immacolata Vellecco; The structure of transport and logistics industry in Southern Italy, Marcella De Martino; Entrepreneurial culture in logistics and freight transport: cross-industry and cross-country analysis, Antonio Minguzzi and Alfonso Morvillo. Planning and Execution of a Training Project in the Industry: Methodology, Results and Implications: Flexibility and personalization of training paths in the FIT Project, Gennaro Ferrara; The analysis of training needs: methods and techniques, Valentina Carbone; Training evaluation models: theory and applications, Valentina Carbone and Alfonso Morvillo; Appendix: web sites of logistics and transport training institutions in the European Union; Index.


    Alfonso Morvillo, Gennaro Ferrara

    ’Till now we lacked scientific research concerning training needs in the logistics and freight sector. This book fills a gap. It clearly illustrates the importance of training in a sector where learning by doing remains a significant tool for skills development.’ Professor Eddy Van de Voorde, University of Antwerp (ITMMA), Belgium ’This book addresses issues found in all the countries that I know; there are shortages of trained people in logistics and transport management. It will be valuable to anyone facing the assessment of the needs for, the development of or the evaluation of training programmes in logistics and transport. Most of the subject matter is relevant to any country, only little is related specifically to Italy - and that shows the commonality of conditions among countries.’ Trevor Heaver, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada '...of greatest relevance to those investigating the industry in Italy. It will be a useful addition to the Institute's library.' Logistics and Transport Focus '...the book does a lot more than summarizing the research conducted...this book is original as well as fundamental for building the complex instruments training programmes, since they absorb a large amount of resources but can fall short of attaining the desired outputs if any of the steps presented in the book is neglected or skipped.' European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research