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Title: Horizontal collaboration in logistics: decision framework and typology
Authors: Martin, Niels
Verdonck, Lotte
Caris, An
Depaire, Benoît
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Operations Management Research,
Status: In Press
Abstract: Logistics service providers become increasingly aware of the need to collaborate to face challenges such as globalization and the heightened expectations of customers. This paper focuses on horizontal cooperation between logistics service providers in road transportation and introduces two novel conceptual models. Firstly, a decision framework for the development and management of horizontal logistics alliances is presented. This framework provides support to logistics service providers considering horizontal collaboration and allows for the analysis of the decision process underlying horizontal logistics alliances. The cyclical framework consists of five stages and attributes a central position to continuous evaluation. Secondly, an easy-to-use typology is proposed which defines six horizontal collaboration types based on their activity scope and degree of structural intertwinement. The typology provides logistics service providers with insights in the various horizontal collaboration types, including some key management questions. Both models are validated by knowledgeable practitioners and are applied to two real-life case studies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/25873
DOI: 10.1007/s12063-018-0131-1
ISSN: 1936-9735
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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