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Barriers to Sustainable UCC-Cooperation and Coopetition in Municipality Goods Distribution in Swedish Mid-Sized Cities: A Cross-Case Analysis
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the barriers for and their impact cooperation and coopetition for sustainable distribution of Municipality goods in three selected cities.

Design/Methodology/Approach: This thesis is based on a qualitative approach using a multiple case study as data collection strategy. The population building up three cases consists of ten Swedish mid-sized cities with an urban consolidation center. Of these are the three cities Växjö, Kalmar and Borlänge sampled and both the municipality and two locally active freight forwarders (one RFP-winner and one non-RFP-winner) per city are interviewed. These interviews aimed at identifying barriers to cooperation between municipalities and freight forwarders and barriers to coopetition between private freight forwarders for a sustainable distribution of municipality goods. The secondary data is based upon three literature streams: Sustainability, Distribution in Urban Environments and, Cooperation and Coopetition.

Findings: The results indicate that the main barriers to cooperation from a freight forwarder perspective are incorrect or missing data in the RFP, price for municipality goods distribution and prohibition of goods consolidation. The main barrier to cooperation, fossil fuel free trucks, is a potential future barrier. The main barriers to coopetition are higher costs, lack of trust and price. These barriers have mainly an impact on the economical sustainability but can, and in some cases, will have effects on the other TBL-aspects.

Research Limitations/Implications: The findings of this thesis provide the municipality with knowledge about barriers from the perspective of the freight forwarders which can aid construction of future RFPs. It also provides both municipality and freight forwarders with knowledge of the potential future barriers which could affect ongoing cooperation. Lastly it provides involved actors with knowledge of barriers hindering a coopetition approach in distribution, enabling the next step of solving the barriers. The value of this thesis is the knowledge of the implications as well as the combination of the three chosen literature streams which have not been researched in this context previously

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 152
Keywords [en]
Cooperation, Coopetition, Distribution, Last Mile Problem, Sustainability, Triple Bottom Line, Urban Consolidation Center, Urban Freight
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-65591OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-65591DiVA, id: diva2:1112071
External cooperation
Växjö Kommun; Kalmar Kommun; Borlänge Kommun; Alwex AB; DHL Freight (Sweden) AB; GDL Transport AB; Nybro Transport AB; MaserFrakt AB; Godsservice i Dalarna AB
Subject / course
Business Administration - Other
Educational program
Business Process and Supply Chain Management, Master Programme, 120 credits
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Available from: 2017-06-20 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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