This post is an assignment to analyze some scholarly articles, and the format that they use, with the soul purpose of educating ourselves on how to write, read and understand scholarly journals.
The abstract. A slap in the face summary of what we are about to delve into, in this situation the development of a logistics infrastructure in Asia. The abstract describes what we are about to learn of, and addresses the direct problems and proposals that we will strive to remedy in such an article. In reality, who the hell cares about the package of iPhones which were assembled outside of Shanghai last night and are now enroute to San Bernadino, California for final transfers to the Apple stores all over the world. Well, in case you did, this is where to find what you are about to read more of. An abstract describes the questions at hand, a possible answer to said questions, and sometimes provide further insight into the future evolution of the topic, in this regard.
After the honeymoon phase of the abstract, it is time for the background. For the article “From pre-Medieval to post-Modern times: Logistics routes and their modalities have not changed much,” we are diving into the history of Logistics and trade routes throughout history, all the way back to the beginning. Littered with facts of early stage transport routes, we develop a basis of what trade has occurred over times, and how we transported precious goods from various ends of the Earth to the polar opposite ends of the Earth.
After establishing a basis of information, or a history, we begin to look at the crucial questions that we are reading about. What are the problems? In “Problems and Countermeasures of Green Logistics Development on China,” we learn of the hard questions. We subliminally, yet still directly learn of the “Knowledge of green logistics from government to enterprises and consumers is relatively scarce, and green logistics concept of public is not yet universal.” We identify the problem, and from there, we set up a system to analyze and propose both facts and solutions to the problem. This section screams of Logos, the logical presentation of facts while proposing a solution, which is based on figures and facts incorporated into the article.
We can easily see the incorporation of facts in the article “Logistics sector development potential of world’s oil exporters,” where the author displays the disparities in each country’s production versus consumption of oil, and how we need to ship oil all over the world, building a logistics system to ship oil via supertankers on the “New Silk Road: Oil.” While using these figures, we can see more of a visual representation of the data and facts that the author is suggesting.
After walking through the methodical process of presenting facts in the article, we reach the conclusion. As with most conclusions, we summarize everything we have gone over thus far, and throw them into a statement, which is unbiased and 100% fact based, to show the reader the answer to the questions risen in the Abstract. This is where all of the facts are concluded, built upon, and given as a last hurrah to show an answer, and leave the reader with a lasting impact on an educated, fact based conclusion to the problem. We may beckon another question, or lead to further review, and maybe direct future research in a specific direction.
Kidd, J., & Stumm, M. (2005). From pre-medieval to post-modern times: Logistics routes and their modalities have not changed much. Management Decision, 43(9), 1249-1261. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.libraries.colorado.edu/docview/212070058?accountid=14503
Hongxin, L., & Qunzhen, Q. (2014). Problems and countermeasures of green logistics development in china. Meteorological and Environmental Research, 5(6), 44-46. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.libraries.colorado.edu/docview/1553423497?accountid=14503
Hilmola, O. (2011). Logistics sector development potential of world’s oil exporters. International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 5(2), 256-270. doi:http://0-dx.doi.org.libraries.colorado.edu/10.1108/17506221111146011