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Towards a Typology of the Roles of Logistics Service Providers as Supply chain Integrators

Fabbe-Costes, Nathalie; Jahre, Marianne LU and Roussat, Christine (2008) In Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal in SCM/Best Papers RIRL conf 2008 8(2).
Abstract
Increased logistics outsourcing and importance of supply chain integration (SCI) have attracted our interest in studying how logistics service providers (LSPs) are viewed as contributors to SCI and to their clients' performance. On the basis of LSPs? roles as they emerge from SCI-performance literature and from analysis of LSP-websites on how they communicate their role(s), we discuss how this differs from roles as presented in literature on third party logistics (TPL). Some surprising conclusions are drawn. Few SCI articles take LSPs into consideration. From the websites we find the communication of LSPs varying in how they view themselves. The roles emerging from these two analyses are quite convergent. In comparison with roles... (More)
Increased logistics outsourcing and importance of supply chain integration (SCI) have attracted our interest in studying how logistics service providers (LSPs) are viewed as contributors to SCI and to their clients' performance. On the basis of LSPs? roles as they emerge from SCI-performance literature and from analysis of LSP-websites on how they communicate their role(s), we discuss how this differs from roles as presented in literature on third party logistics (TPL). Some surprising conclusions are drawn. Few SCI articles take LSPs into consideration. From the websites we find the communication of LSPs varying in how they view themselves. The roles emerging from these two analyses are quite convergent. In comparison with roles identified in TPL literature, greater differences were identified. This paper contributes to 1) questioning and analysing roles LSPs play in SCI; 2) developing different dimensions of LSPs? strategies for SCI and, 3) enriched understanding of the SCI phenomenon taking LSPs? contribution into account, 4) providing a typology for the roles of LSPs as integrators. Particularly interesting is with whom the LSP should/could be integrated and whether it is the LSP or the shipper who is the integrator. For the purpose of understanding these questions, we suggest further studies on roles of LSPs with basis in resources they possess more than activities they undertake, and to link this with relationship theories. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Increased logistics outsourcing and importance of supply chain integration (SCI) have attracted our interest in studying how logistics service providers (LSPs) are viewed as contributors to SCI and to their clients' performance. On the basis of LSPs? roles as they emerge from SCI-performance literature and from analysis of LSP-websites on how they communicate their role(s), we discuss how this differs from roles as presented in literature on third party logistics (TPL). Some surprising conclusions are drawn. Few SCI articles take LSPs into consideration. From the websites we find the communication of LSPs varying in how they view themselves. The roles emerging from these two analyses are quite convergent. In comparison with roles identified in TPL literature, greater differences were identified. This paper contributes to 1) questioning and analysing roles LSPs play in SCI; 2) developing different dimensions of LSPs? strategies for SCI and, 3) enriched understanding of the SCI phenomenon taking LSPs? contribution into account, 4) providing a typology for the roles of LSPs as integrators. Particularly interesting is with whom the LSP should/could be integrated and whether it is the LSP or the shipper who is the integrator. For the purpose of understanding these questions, we suggest further studies on roles of LSPs with basis in resources they possess more than activities they undertake, and to link this with relationship theories.},
  author       = {Fabbe-Costes, Nathalie and Jahre, Marianne and Roussat, Christine},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  series       = {Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal in SCM/Best Papers RIRL conf 2008},
  title        = {Towards a Typology of the Roles of Logistics Service Providers as Supply chain Integrators},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2008},
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