Northern Lead Day 2023
Photo: Simon Fredling Jack

Northern Lead Day 2023: Innovative opportunities as research collaborates


Several research findings in Logistics, Transport, and Supply Chain Management were presented in the Northern Lead Day 2023 at Chalmers. Research that touches on the interaction between management and technology can lead to benefits for both business and society.

The Logistics Research Center Northern Lead coordinates and supports logistics research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Research groups include, among others, the Logistics and Transport Research Group at the Department of Business Administration. The goal of the collaboration is to promote high-quality and relevant research in Logistics, Transport, and Supply Chain Management. 

During the Northern Lead Day 2023, researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers gathered to present their latest research results. Much of the research presented focused on the interaction between management and technology. 

 – We gained insight into the effects of digitalization and automation. I believe that if we combine the management perspective with the technological perspective, it will lead to very good research that can be used and lead to very good results, says Ivan Sanchez-Diaz, co-director of Northern Lead. 

Insights from the Transport Purchasing Panel, ICHCA-Awards (International Cargo Handling Coordination Association), and the implications of including shipping in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) were also presented during the day. Additionally, doctoral candidates presented research on automation and environmental justice. 

Among the attendees was Rikard Engström, Chief Strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration, who holds a Ph.D. and primarily works with logistics and freight transport. 

– Northern Lead has an important role in developing research projects in logistics, one of the most crucial areas for achieving a sustainable society. It is important for the knowledge generated in the projects and perhaps can be implemented in a common context at a later stage. But it is also important for developing tomorrow's competent students, researchers, and employees for us in the authorities, says Rikard Engström. 

Text & video: Simon Fredling Jack, communicator