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The mathematical basis of business logistics as a field of study

William J. Pienaar
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 25, No 2 | a151 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v25i2.151 | © 2006 William J. Pienaar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 September 2006 | Published: 22 September 2006

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William J. Pienaar, Departement Logistiek, Universiteit Stellenbosch, South Africa

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This article describes the meaning of the word logistics, outlines its mathematical basis and explains the meaning thereof as a contemporary field of study. The concept of logistics management is described in a business context and the strategic, tactical and operational tiers thereof are identified. The relationship that exists between systems analysis and logistics management is indicated. The role and essence of operations research in logistics decision- making are described. The most pertinent operations research topics in the field of logistics as well as the mathematical competencies a logistician should possess, are identified.


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