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Sustainable Logistics Management in the 21st Century Requires Wholeness Systems Thinking

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Department of Logistics and Quality Management, ŠKODA AUTO University, Na Karmeli 1457, Mladá Boleslav 293 01, Czech Republic
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Manufactus GmbH, Theresienstrasse 8, 82319 Starnberg, Germany
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4392; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124392
Received: 23 October 2018 / Accepted: 20 November 2018 / Published: 24 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
The 21st century is characterised by the unprecedented speed and scope of changes, creating a new external environment, where the logistics systems are managed. The latest development in logistics management is influenced by sustainability, which complements the economic dimension with environmental and social dimensions. The fundamental principle of logistics management is systems thinking (ST). Until now, the reductionism ST (RST), focusing on the maximal economic performance of a logistics system’s parts and interactions has been applied. However, the RST approach does not sufficiently consider the implication of the external environment to the economic performance. The article’s aim is the introduction of the new wholeness ST (WST) approach and confirmation of its fundamental role in deriving of the performance of the selected logistics system’s parts and interactions from the external environment. WST’s role was demonstrated in a case study, comparing the WST and RST approach in management of particular automotive logistics’ system. The WST approach in the management of the whole selected logistics system assures a considerable reduction in the consumption of resources. Based on the comparative case study’s results, the conceptual framework for the application of the WST approach in all sustainable dimensions is proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable logistics management; wholeness systems thinking; lean management; logistics system sustainable logistics management; wholeness systems thinking; lean management; logistics system
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Holman, D.; Wicher, P.; Lenort, R.; Dolejšová, V.; Staš, D.; Giurgiu, I. Sustainable Logistics Management in the 21st Century Requires Wholeness Systems Thinking. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4392.

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