Mission statements serve to communicate corporate policy and vision. The corporate mission statement contains the most fundamental and thus most generally applicable, but at the same time also the most abstract ideas about the company's goals and behavior.
The written definition of the mission statement has advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of written fixation
⦁ It forces you to think more precisely
⦁ It activates the awareness of the problem
⦁ By laying down standards, a higher level of commitment and consistency is achieved
⦁ It makes communication easier
Disadvantages of the written fixation
⦁ There is an inherent tendency towards formalization
⦁ There is a loss of flexibility in the event of deviating developments
⦁ Formulation problems take up more time than content
⦁ Company secrets may be disclosed
The approach of developing and formulating a corporate mission statement can be transferred to logistics. Logistics as a cross-sectional function has numerous interfaces to other areas in the company, which go hand in hand with corresponding conflicting goals.
A logistics model can make the goals and actions of the logistics area clear to employees in other functional areas. The transparency of logistics decisions increases, which can also increase their acceptance. In the logistics area itself, a model accepted by the employees promotes the direction of their actions. A joint formulation of the mission statement by the employees can create a high level of motivation. In addition, the employees' logistics know-how (in their heads, but not in writing) is collected.