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The financial mobility of motor carriers: Pre- and post-deregulation

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  • Scheraga, Carl A.
  • Haslem, John A.
  • Corsi, Thomas M.

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This study uses a pooled matched-sample for the years 1977 and 1987 to examine the strategic adaptability of motor carriers, in the post-deregulation environment in the context of financial mobility. This concept, first delineated by Donaldson, refers to the strategic inventorying of financial resources and sources to meet anticipated and unanticipated cash needs. A refined and sophisticated balance sheet framework is used to define, for each motor carrier in the sample, changes in the degree of financial mobility. These changes are then linked to firm performance. Using several measures of performance, the empirical results demonstrate that motor carriers who developed a "systems" approach to managing the strategic nature of their balance sheet were the most profitable.

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  • Scheraga, Carl A. & Haslem, John A. & Corsi, Thomas M., 1994. "The financial mobility of motor carriers: Pre- and post-deregulation," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 28(5), pages 401-414, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:28:y:1994:i:5:p:401-414
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    1. Scheraga, Carl A., 2009. "The Relationship between Competitive Strategy Choice and the Components of Firm Efficiency in the General Freight Segment of the Motor Carrier Industry," 50th Annual Transportation Research Forum, Portland, Oregon, March 16-18, 2009 207602, Transportation Research Forum.
    2. Scheraga, Carl A., 2004. "The Relative Efficiency in the Blending of Strategic Dimensions Utilized in the Generation of Customer Satisfaction in the LTL Motor Carrier Industry," Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Transportation Research Forum, vol. 44(1).

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