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Explaining the competitive advantage of logistics service providers: A resource-based view approach

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  • Yew Wong, Chee
  • Karia, Noorliza
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    This article identifies strategic logistics resources acquired and bundled by logistics service providers (LSPs) to achieve competitive advantage. Based on a theoretical framework derived from the resource-based view (RBV) theory, contents of a database of company profiles of 15 selected LSPs are analysed. Results show that all LSPs have been acquiring physical, human, information, knowledge and relational resources and then bundling them together in various specific manners to create inimitable and firm-specific capabilities. However, only some of them performed well financially. The findings contribute to the conceptualisation and measurement of strategic logistics resources and the identification of resource bundling processes.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 128 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (November)
    Pages: 51-67

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:128:y:2010:i:1:p:51-67

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    Keywords: Logistics service providers Third-party logistics Logistics outsourcing Resource-based view Competitive advantage;

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    1. Ramanathan, Ramakrishnan & Ramanathan, Usha & Hsiao, Hsieh-Ling, 2012. "The impact of e-commerce on Taiwanese SMEs: Marketing and operations effects," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 140(2), pages 934-943.
    2. Wagner, Stephan M. & Sutter, Reto, 2012. "A qualitative investigation of innovation between third-‐party logistics providers and customers," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 140(2), pages 944-958.
    3. Schoenherr, Tobias, 2012. "The role of environmental management in sustainable business development: A multi-country investigation," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 140(1), pages 116-128.

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