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Managing the sustainable business model of a heavy vehicle manufacturer through life cycle thinking - A case study of road freight transport supply chains
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Sustainable development
Sustainable Development
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this dissertation is to explore how life cycle thinking can be applied to road freight transport supply chains and explain some important matters in the management of the sustainable business model of a heavy vehicle manufacturer. The base for this dissertation is a case study within and beyond the international research project in collaboration with road freight transport industry. The purpose is addressed through a compilation of five research papers and a kappa.

The first research paper addresses contextual issues of drivers and conflicts while managing sustainable supply chains in road freight transport industry. The second research paper explores the specific interaction patterns and capabilities within road freight transport supply chains for more sustainable business models. The third research paper brings an overview of the literature in the intersection of sustainable supply chain management and life cycle thinking areas. The fourth research paper questions the employment of life cycle thinking in road freight transport supply chains from a systems perspective. The last research paper analyses the components and structure of a sustainable business model in road freight transport supply chains from a social network perspective.

The contributions of this study are both theoretical and practical. The application of systems theory and social network theory as external and internal lenses contributes to the theoretical development of the sustainable supply chain management field. The growing conceptualization of the sustainable business model, specifically in road freight transport industry, is also addressed in this dissertation. The practical contributions are seen through the empirical example of the adoption of life cycle thinking in road freight transport supply chains.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School , 2017. , 125 p.
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 113
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35776ISBN: 978-91-86345-72-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35776DiVA: diva2:1105432
Public defence
2017-06-16, B1014, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
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Includes five research papers.

Available from: 2017-06-03 Created: 2017-06-03 Last updated: 2017-06-05Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Challenges and Conflicts in Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Evidence from the Heavy Vehicle Industry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges and Conflicts in Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Evidence from the Heavy Vehicle Industry
2014 (English)In: Supply Chain Forum: an International Journal, ISSN 1625-8312, E-ISSN 1624-6039, Vol. 15, no 1, 22-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding and explore the challenges and conflicts in sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) through empirical examples from the heavy vehicle industry in Sweden and China. An exploratory study of the case company’s supply chains in two countries is conducted for this paper. The major components of the empirical data are interviews with the company´s representatives and its downstream supply chain members in Sweden and China, as well as workshops with the logistics industry’s representatives in China. The findings show that the firms perceive the challenges on the regulatory and organisational levels. The conflicts can be found between several stakeholder groups, the main focus seems to be on environmental and economic aspects. Life-cycle solution for the vehicles’ utilisation is valuable but there are challenges to employing it, especially in the Chinese context. The results show that intensified international collaboration on environment and traffic safety can help tackle challenges and ease the conflicts in sustainable supply chain management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2014
Keyword
Sustainable supply chain management, sustainability, heavy vehicle industry, transportation, case study, life-cycle solution, qualitative study, hålbarhet
National Category
Social Sciences Business Administration Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25165 (URN)10.1080/16258312.2014.11517331 (DOI)2-s2.0-84923109074 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Value to Business project, international collaboration between JIBS and Scania
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VINNOVA
Available from: 2014-11-18 Created: 2014-11-18 Last updated: 2017-06-03Bibliographically approved

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