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The effect of postponement on logistics flexibility: An empirical evidence of Swedish retailers
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media, Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7330-6500
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media, Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6803-8780
2020 (English)In: Academy of Management: Proceedings / [ed] Guclu Atinc, Academy of Management , 2020Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
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Abstract [en]

This article investigates the impact of postponement on logistics flexibility and how logistics flexibility effects performance in a retail setting. Drawing on a representative sample of retailers in Sweden, the paper considers postponement, logistics flexibility, and firm performance in one cohesive study. In addition, the moderating roles of logistics integration and environmental uncertainty on the relationship between logistics flexibility and firm performance were investigated. The results showed that in presence of higher uncertainty, the positive relationship between logistics flexibility and firm performance is intensified. Logistics integration, however, had a different moderating effect based on the type of firm performance measure. In case of strategic performance, logistics flexibility had a positive moderating effect on the relationship between logistics flexibility and firm performance. On the contrary, if financial performance was considered, this moderating effect was negative. The contribution of this study point to the possibility of investing in competencies such as postponement to achieve higher levels of logistics flexibility which, in turn, has a strong positive effect on their performance. Also, finding a fit between environmental contingencies or logistics integration and logistics flexibility focus in relation to performance is highlighted.

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Academy of Management , 2020.
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Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN 0065-0668, E-ISSN 2151-6561 ; Volume 2020, Issue 1
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-50219OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-50219DiVA, id: diva2:1458110
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80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 7-11 August, 2020, Vancouver, Canada
Available from: 2020-08-14 Created: 2020-08-14 Last updated: 2022-11-07Bibliographically approved

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