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Research and knowledge creation approaches in third party logistics studies
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.
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Abstract [en]

Purpose of this paper

This paper takes an inward look at third party logistics (TPL) research trends and developments in order to evaluate the progress and maturity of the field. The research purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the evolution of TPL research with a focuson the level of analysis, research methods and knowledge creation approaches.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper focuses on TPL research articles from five selected journals. A total of 131 articles published between 1990 and 2010 have been identified and analyzed. Based on several previously established frameworks, an analysis of the chosen articles has been conducted.

Findings

TPL research has been developing constantly during the last two decades. Logistics researchers are switching their focus from the buyer’s perspective to the provider’s perspective and the dyad perspective. Survey-based method has been the most popular approach to study TPL phenomena over time. Logistics researchers have been publishing storytelling type of TPL research continually while the research field has been evolving gradually by generating new concepts and refining the existing knowledge. However, TPL research has not matured yet since only a few studies have been carried out in order to expand the knowledge base.

Research implications/limitations

This study only focuses on the articles from five selected journals. It is not an all-inclusive research.

What is original/value of paper

This paper is an initial attempt to track the evolution of TPL research. It provides logistics researchers with an evolutionary picture of TPL studies.

Keyword [en]
Research methods, Knowledge creation approaches, Third party logistics, Logistics outsourcing, Supply chain management
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31954DiVA: diva2:1034037
Note

A similar version has been presented at NOFOMA 2011 as full competitive paper.

Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-11 Last updated: 2016-10-11Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Innovation and network development of logistics firms
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation and network development of logistics firms
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2011. 96 p.
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 72
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31955 (URN)
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Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-11 Last updated: 2016-10-11Bibliographically approved

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