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The Wall Street Journal this morning writes that "for companies looking to ease supply-chain pressures, putting more women in charge of logistics planning should improve efficiency, a team of researchers says.

"In a study to evaluate collaboration between retailers and suppliers, researchers from the University of Arkansas and the University of Akron found that women performed more efficiently than men in an experiment conducted with 214 students.

"The findings strengthen the case for greater gender diversity in supply chains, says John Aloysius, a professor at the University of Arkansas and one of the study authors."

The story goes on:

"Researchers determined that subjects behaved differently depending on their own gender, and depending on whether they were paired with men or women. Female retailers were significantly less likely than male retailers to inflate product demand forecasts, regardless of the gender of the person with which they were paired. Male retailers, meanwhile, tended to inflate their forecasts more than women whether their partner was male or female.

"A similar dynamic was seen among suppliers. Male suppliers were more likely to underproduce than female suppliers, although male underproduction was less pronounced when the male worked with a female partner compared with when they worked with another male. Supply-chain pairs consisting only of women inflated and underproduced the least in comparison with other combinations.

"In another finding, male participants were found to be more cooperative when paired with women, in contrast with their behavior in pairs of men only."

You can read the entire story here.

KC's View:

Let's be honest.  Are there any men out there who are really surprised by this?