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Networks and capabilities as characteristics of logistics firms
Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, Marketing and Logistics.
Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Högskolan i Jönköping, Internationella Handelshögskolan, IHH, Marketing and Logistics.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-9269-2635
2011 (engelsk)Inngår i: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 40, nr 6, s. 1004-1011Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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The research purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse how three basic types of logistics firms differ in terms of their core capabilities and network development as well as the effects of the difference. Based on the resource-based view and the industrial network approach, a conceptual framework is developed to differentiate logistics firms. Two case studies of logistics firms are used as examples to demonstrate how the framework can be used. Logistics firms have clear differences in capabilities and network focus. These firms follow different dominating logics of value creation that make them develop in different ways and think totally differently. This research enhances our understanding of the different logics of logistics firms and their interdependence. They are complementary and interacting in the logistics service supply chain. Moving between the basic types of logistics firms means changing the capabilities and network focus, which is costly and difficult. The conceptual framework can be used as a tool to comprehend multiple types of logistics firms. It also helps us to analyze related strategic moves.

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2011. Vol. 40, nr 6, s. 1004-1011
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15952DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2011.06.039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-15952DiVA, id: diva2:438318
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1. Innovation and network development of logistics firms
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Innovation and network development of logistics firms
2011 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
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This compilation thesis consists of a cover and five appended articles. The research purpose of this thesis is to investigate the third party logistics phenomena from the logistics firm’s perspective with a focus on logistics innovation and network development. The thesis applies a qualitative research method and employs multiple case studies. Resource-based view, industrial network approach and strategy-as-practice perspective have been applied and combined to analyze the empirical findings.

It is found that logistics firms focus on customers’ requirements and they provide differentiated services accordingly. Based on the type of customers and the region served, each logistics firm innovates in a different way. The logistics innovation process is complicated and it includes both top-down and bottom-up process. Both intra-organizational interactions and inter-organizational interactions are critical for logistics firms to generate logistics innovation. Besides, the interaction capabilities are crucial for logistics firms to innovate. The development of interaction capabilities enables logistics firms to proactively identify customer needs and to translate customer requirements into new service offerings. The development of interaction capabilities also guides logistics firms to innovate in the right direction and helps them to overcome barriers. Further, a theoretical model is developed to illustrate that logistics firms have clear differences in capabilities and network focus. These firms follow different dominating logics of value creation, developing their service networks in various ways.

The thesis addresses two critical issues, logistics innovation and network development. Theoretically, it contributes to the third party logistics literature in general and to the logistics innovation research in particular as well as the network development of logistics firms. Adopting several theoretical frameworks, the thesis takes a closer look at the logistics innovation process in logistics firms. Empirically, the thesis covers logistics firms both in Sweden and China, turning it into an international investigation of the how and why of logistics innovation.

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Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2011. s. 96
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JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 72
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