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Information Sharing in the Swedish Rail Freight Industry

Backmyr, Hugo LU and Gjörup, Nils LU (2017) MTT920 20171
Packaging Logistics
Abstract
Background
Low fill rates of goods transportation causes low overall utilization of resources in the logistics sector. The total goods flow is expected to increase and thus CO2-emissions. Rail freight is a low emission alternative to e.g. road haulage.
To counter this development, initiatives have been aiming for achieving better efficiencies and promoting rail freight. Information sharing is considered an enabler for many of these initiatives.
Purpose
The purpose of this study is to explore the current barriers to effective information sharing within the rail freight industry. Further, the study proposes strategies to mitigate the identified barriers.
Methodology
A deductive research approach using a systems view is employed.... (More)
Background
Low fill rates of goods transportation causes low overall utilization of resources in the logistics sector. The total goods flow is expected to increase and thus CO2-emissions. Rail freight is a low emission alternative to e.g. road haulage.
To counter this development, initiatives have been aiming for achieving better efficiencies and promoting rail freight. Information sharing is considered an enabler for many of these initiatives.
Purpose
The purpose of this study is to explore the current barriers to effective information sharing within the rail freight industry. Further, the study proposes strategies to mitigate the identified barriers.
Methodology
A deductive research approach using a systems view is employed. Semi-structured interviews are conducted to collect empirical data.
Conclusions
Five general categories of barriers are proposed. Nineteen barriers specific for the Swedish rail freight industry are identified, the most significant being; lack of capabilities; fragmented information; fear of losing business; antitrust regulations, intangible returns; misaligned incentives; and lack of customer pressure. Five strategies for mitigating barriers are proposed, namely; Clarify, Prove potential, Create burning platform, Create favorable conditions and Turn around fear. (Less)
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author
Backmyr, Hugo LU and Gjörup, Nils LU
supervisor
organization
course
MTT920 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Information sharing, Barriers, Rail freight
language
English
id
8915847
date added to LUP
2017-06-15 09:26:04
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  abstract     = {Background
Low fill rates of goods transportation causes low overall utilization of resources in the logistics sector. The total goods flow is expected to increase and thus CO2-emissions. Rail freight is a low emission alternative to e.g. road haulage.
To counter this development, initiatives have been aiming for achieving better efficiencies and promoting rail freight. Information sharing is considered an enabler for many of these initiatives.
Purpose
The purpose of this study is to explore the current barriers to effective information sharing within the rail freight industry. Further, the study proposes strategies to mitigate the identified barriers.
Methodology
A deductive research approach using a systems view is employed. Semi-structured interviews are conducted to collect empirical data.
Conclusions
Five general categories of barriers are proposed. Nineteen barriers specific for the Swedish rail freight industry are identified, the most significant being; lack of capabilities; fragmented information; fear of losing business; antitrust regulations, intangible returns; misaligned incentives; and lack of customer pressure. Five strategies for mitigating barriers are proposed, namely; Clarify, Prove potential, Create burning platform, Create favorable conditions and Turn around fear.},
  author       = {Backmyr, Hugo and Gjörup, Nils},
  keyword      = {Information sharing,Barriers,Rail freight},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Information Sharing in the Swedish Rail Freight Industry},
  year         = {2017},
}