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Case Article ---Keeping Logistics Under Wraps


  • Matthew J. Drake

    () (Palumbo and Donahue Schools of Business, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282)

  • Paul M. Griffin

    () (Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802)

  • Julie L. Swann

    () (H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332)


This paper describes a teaching case that integrates logistics network design with an ethical decision-making process. The ethical issues center on a proposed network design strategy for parcel transportation known as zone skipping , whose implementation in this setting would require the disguising of the identity of freight. The paper describes the case, discusses its pedagogical goals and provides some recommendations for using the case successfully in a logistics or optimization course. Case Teaching Note: Interested Instructors please see the Instructor Materials page for access to the restricted materials. To maintain the integrity and usefulness of cases published in ITE , unapproved distribution of the case teaching notes and other restricted materials to any other party is prohibited.

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  • Matthew J. Drake & Paul M. Griffin & Julie L. Swann, 2011. "Case Article ---Keeping Logistics Under Wraps," INFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS, vol. 11(2), pages 57-62, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orited:v:11:y:2011:i:2:p:57-62

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