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Utilizing e-logistics: case studies in Sweden and China
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As the incredible growth of the Internet is changing the way corporations conduct business, logistics service providers must consider changing their traditional logistics system into an e-Logistics system. The purpose of this study is to provide a better understanding of how organizations utilize e-Logistics within their supply chain. To reach this purpose, two research questions are stated, focusing on how can the e-Logistics system be described, as well as how the factors that influence the e-Logistics system can be described. To answer these research questions, a qualitative research approach was used where case studies on Volvo Logistics Corporation in Sweden and Haier Logistics Corporation in China were conducted. From the in-depth interviews and used to collect data, the findings show that the e-Logistics system can be described as a process, as an information system and from the value that it creates. The findings further indicate that reliability factors, maintainability factors, software factors and facility, transportation and handling factors, all influence the e-Logistics system. On the other hand, availability factors, economic factors, organizational factors and test and support equipment factors are of low-level importance for e-logistics system. The findings also indicate that there are some regional and political factors that influence the e-Logistics system, most notably an indication of China vs. Sweden (i.e. East vs. West) factors. This, however, deserves further research.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, e-logistics, supply chains
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57789ISRN: LTU-PB-EX--06/10--SELocal ID: e6a22ced-8be2-4707-8415-5f3c3ca0a848OAI: diva2:1031177
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Electronic Commerce, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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