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Transportation: A Global Supply Chain Perspective, 8th Edition

  • John J. Coyle
  • Robert A. Novack
  • Brian Gibson
  • Edward J. Bardi
  • ISBN-10: 1133592961
  • ISBN-13: 9781133592969
  • 528 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2006, 2000
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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Delivering comprehensive coverage of current domestic and global trends, TRANSPORTATION: A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE, 8E equips your students with a solid understanding of what is arguably the most critical−and complex−component of global supply chains. Taking a managerial approach, the text helps readers understand 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. It begins by providing a framework and foundation for the role of transportation from a micro and macro perspective in supply chains and discusses both the theoretical and managerial dimensions of transportation in supply chains, including regulation and public policy. Focusing on the providers of transportation, it offers an overview of operating and service characteristics, cost structure, and current challenges and issues. In addition, the authors spotlight 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. Completely up to date, the Eighth Edition also features new readings, cases, and examples. It emphasizes global topics throughout, includes new coverage of hard and soft technology, and offers expanded discussions of fuel, energy, managerial, economic, and environmental issues.


  • Comprehensive Coverage: TRANSPORTATION: A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE, 8E 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. This text ensures your students have a thorough understanding of the key transportation issues impacting today's market.

  • Hands-On Applications: Group and individual projects and activities keep students involved and engaged with hands-on learning, giving them plenty of opportunities to put what they learn into practice.

  • Expansive 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.

  • Online Resources: Find the time-saving support you need on the textbook website. Available materials include an up-to-date instructor manual and test banks. It also includes flashcards, a glossary, and additional study tools to help your students maximize their course success.

About the Author

John J. Coyle

John J. Coyle is Professor Emeritus of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from Penn State and earned his Ph.D. 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 co-authored 25 books or monographs and 38 articles in academic and professional journals. He has received 14 awards at Penn State for teaching and/or 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, the 2004 Eccles Medal from the International Society of Logistics for his contributions to the Department of Defense and the 2004 Lion’s Paw Medal from Penn State for Distinguished Service. Dr. Coyle currently serves on the board of a logistics and supply chain service company.

Robert A. Novack

Robert Novack is an Associate Professor of Business Logistics in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State University. From 1979 to 1981 he worked in operations management and planning for the Yellow Freight Corporation in Overland Park, Kansas, and from 1981 to 1984 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. Dr. Novack has also co-authored TRANSPORTATION: A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE, and SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: A LOGISTICS PERSPECTIVE. Active in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, he has served as overall program chair for the annual conference, functioned as a track chair, and served as a session speaker as well as participated as a member of numerous committees. Dr. Novack holds the CTL designation from AST&L and is a member of WERC. He earned his B.S. degree and an M.B.A. in logistics from Penn State University and his 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.

Table of Contents

Part I.
1. Transportation and Global Supply Chains.
2. Transportation and the Economy.
3. Transportation Regulation and Public Policy.
4. Transportation Costing and Pricing.
Suggested Readings for Part I.
Part II.
5. Motor Carriers.
6. Railroads.
7. Airlines.
8. Water Carriers and Pipelines.
Suggested Readings for Part II.
Part III.
9. Global Transportation and Risk Management.
10. Global Transportation Planning.
11. Global Transportation Execution.
12. Global Transportation Strategic Sourcing.
Suggested Readings for Part III.
Part IV.
13. Fuel Management.
14. Issues and Challenges for Global Supply Chains.
Suggested Readings for Part IV.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

New to this edition

  • Cutting-Edge Coverage: Reflecting the latest trends, issues, and developments from the field, TRANSPORTATION: A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE, 8E offers the most current coverage available. Examples, boxes, tables, and end-of-chapter materials have been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest industry information and practices, while numerous chapters feature all-new Cases.
  • Expanded Topics: Drawing straight from real-world practice, the text offers in-depth discussions of hard and soft technology as well as fuel, energy, managerial, economic, and environmental issues.
  • International Emphasis: The Eighth Edition offers new and expanded discussions of global topics throughout the text, providing thorough coverage of issues specific to international transportation and supply chains.
  • New Cases and Readings: Each chapter includes at least one new case spotlighting current examples from real-world practice. Suggested readings have also been updated.
  • Updated Instructor Resources: The instructor manual and test banks have been completely updated to coincide with the textbook.


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