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Coordination to manage dependencies between logistics service providers and shippers: An environmental perspective
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8969-9396
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, ISSN 0960-0035, E-ISSN 1758-664X, ISSN 0960-0035, Vol. 46, no 3, 316-340 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Although it has been suggested that shippers’ demands regarding environmental practices appear to have an impact on the environmental work of LSPs, limited attention has been given to environmental practices in the relationships between LSPs and shippers. The purpose of this paper is to explore how dependencies between LSPs and shippers can influence the way in which environmental practices are coordinated in the relationships between them.

Design/methodology/approach: Four dyadic case studies, each consisting of one LSP and one shipper, provide the empirical basis for this paper.

Findings: Two types of dependencies are suggested as having an influence over the coordination of environmental practices in LSP-shipper relationships: dependence between LSPs and shippers as such; and dependence with regard to specific environmental practices. In addition, the environmental ambition of the actors is found to be of relevance when LSPs and shippers coordinate environmental practices between them. Based on these parameters, different coordination mechanisms for environmental practices in LSP-shipper relationships are discussed.

Research limitations/implications: The research is limited to four cases in a Swedish context. Additional cases might provide other insights into LSP-shipper relationships and thereby lead to modifications of the proposed conceptual framework.

Practical implications: The results can help both LSPs and shippers improve their work with environmental practices through the use of the appropriate coordination mechanisms in their inter-organisational relationships.

Originality/value: Contrary to previous research, which mainly takes one party’s perspective, this paper takes a dyadic approach and thereby adds valuable knowledge to the inter-organisational aspects of LSPs’ environmental work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 46, no 3, 316-340 p.
Keyword [en]
Logistics service providers, Coordination mechanisms, Dependencies, Environmental practices, Inter-organizational relationships, Shippers
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126659DOI: 10.1108/IJPDLM-06-2014-0143ISI: 000374149800004OAI: diva2:916088
VINNOVASwedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council

Funding agencies:  VINNOVA (Swedens innovation agency); Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council

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