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Sallnäs, U. & Huge-Brodin, M. (2018). De-greening of logistics?: Why environmental practices flourish and fade in provider-shipper relationships and networks. Industrial Marketing Management, 74, 276-287
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2018 (English)In: Industrial Marketing Management, ISSN 0019-8501, E-ISSN 1873-2062, Vol. 74, p. 276-287Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the challenge of making transports and logistics greener, logistics service providers (LSPs) play a central role as the operators of freight transport. Their customers, the shippers, also play an important role in environmental development. Research has identified discrepancies between LSPs and shippers in their environmental practices. This paper takes a relational approach addressing these discrepancies, and the purpose is to develop the understanding of why environmental practices can both flourish and fade in provider-shipper relationships and networks. Paradoxes provide a theoretical lens, while an in-depth case study of two networks provides the empirical basis for the paper. The networks include relationships between LSPs and shippers. Findings show that paradoxes help to raise contextual awareness in the greening of these relationships. Paradoxes in many instances cause environmental practices to fade. One example is when an LSP's environmental ambition gives opportunities for environmental practices, but is limited by the financial goals of the shippers. Findings also indicate that if there are possibilities to relax the paradoxes, environmental practices may instead flourish in the relationships. One example of such a relaxation is environmental competence sustained and cultivated by an LSP, since such competence can increase the power position of the LSP.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Paradoxes, Green logistics, Logistics service providers, Networks, Environmental practices, Supply chain relationships
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149996 (URN)10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.07.001 (DOI)000449894200023 ()
Funder
Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development CouncilSwedish Energy AgencyRagnar Söderbergs stiftelse
Note

Funding agencies: Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council; Swedish Energy Agency [P34035-1]; Ragnar Soderberg Foundation

Available from: 2018-08-06 Created: 2018-08-06 Last updated: 2018-12-03
Navarro, P., Cronemyr, P. & Huge-Brodin, M. (2018). Greening logistics by introducing process management: A viable tool for freight transport companies going green. Supply Chain Forum: an International Journal
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2018 (English)In: Supply Chain Forum: an International Journal, ISSN 1625-8312, E-ISSN 1624-6039Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While the usage of process management within the freight transport industry is unknown and presumed low, it has been used within other sectors as an efficient approach for dealing with and fulfilling customer demands as well as environmental requirements. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how process management can enhance a customer focused greening in the transport and logistics sector. We present a literature review of the intersections of process management, freight transport and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, we conducted a case study of how two environmentally ambitious Swedish freight transport companies use process management to enhance environmental sustainability. We found that environmentally ambitious freight transport companies do not proactively use process management, and that workshops with topical experts and practitioners can be a way for introducing process management to enhance environmental sustainability in such companies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Green logistics, freight transport, process management, environmental sustainability, Grön logistik, miljölogistik, godstransport, processledning, miljömässig hållbarhet
National Category
Business Administration Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150162 (URN)10.1080/16258312.2018.1486141 (DOI)
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation, 2016 00 85
Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2018-08-14
Johannes, E., Ekman, P., Huge-Brodin, M. & Karlsson, M. (2018). Sustainable Timber Transport: Economic Aspects of Aerodynamic Reconfiguration. Sustainability, 10(6), 1-18
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2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 6, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a need to reduce fuel consumption, and thereby reduce CO2-emissions in all parts of the transport sector. It is also well known that aerodynamic resistance affects the fuel consumption in a major way. By improving the aerodynamics of the vehicles, the fuel consumption will also decrease. A special type of transportation is that of timber, which is performed by specialized trucks with few alternative uses. This paper follows up on earlier papers concerning Swedish timber trucks where aerodynamic improvements for timber trucks were tested. By mapping the entire fleet of timber trucks in Sweden and investigating reduced fuel consumption of 2–10%, financial calculations were performed on how these improvements would affect the transport costs. Certain parameters are investigated, such as investment cost, extra changeover time and weight of installments. By combining these results with the mapping of the fleet, it can be seen under which circumstances these improvements would be sustainable. The results show that it is possible through aerodynamics to lower the transportation costs and make an investment plausible, with changeover time being the most important parameter. They also show that certain criteria for a reduced transportation cost already exist within the vehicle fleet today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018
Keywords
timber trucks; fuel consumption; aerodynamic design; financial consequences
National Category
Business Administration Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150163 (URN)10.3390/su10061965 (DOI)000436570100277 ()2-s2.0-85048336587 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding agencies: Energimyndigheten (the Swedish Energy Agency)

Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2018-09-21Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M. & Huge-Brodin, M. (Eds.). (2017). Greening Logistics (1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
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2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The emerging awareness of climate threats and other environmentally related problems creates challenges for logistics. Greening logistics introduces various avenues to understand and improve logistics systems from an environmental perspective. Freight transport is part of, as well as a consequence of, the logistics 
system, where the environmental challenges cannot, and should not, be met at the cost of efficiency and competitiveness. During the last decade, research into green logistics has expanded and matured dramatically. From being in the outskirts of the logistics field, environmental considerations have become a more natural part of logistics research. This book provides examples of research performed by Swedish PhD students, and illuminates parts of the multifaceted area of green logistics research. The PhD students have each contributed with one chapter, in which they present their research in their own words. Greening logistics is aimed at various audiences: for students and teachers in universities and professional programmes – to facilitate the understanding of a complex, important, and emerging area; for business – to demonstrate green logistics’ important role, and provide inspiration and guidance for further development; for funding bodies – to demonstrate the strength of a joint funding initiative: the development of research competence at various universities; and for researchers – as inspiration and introduction to the area of green logistics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017. p. 136 Edition: 1
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics Economics and Business Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150416 (URN)9789144117126 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-08-22 Created: 2018-08-22 Last updated: 2019-05-09Bibliographically approved
Evangelista, P., Huge-Brodin, M., Sweeney, E. & Morvillo, A. (2017). Putting together environmental sustainability and profitability in logistics and supply chains. International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 11(4), 345-348
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Putting together environmental sustainability and profitability in logistics and supply chains
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Business and Systems Research, ISSN 1751-200X, E-ISSN 1751-2018, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 345-348Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2017
National Category
Economics and Business Transport Systems and Logistics Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150412 (URN)
Available from: 2018-08-22 Created: 2018-08-22 Last updated: 2018-08-30
Isaksson, K., Evangelista, P., Huge-Brodin, M., Liimatainen, H. & Sweeney, E. (2017). The adoption of green initiatives in logistics service providers - a strategic perspective. International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 11(4), 349-364
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2017 (English)In: International Journal of Business and Systems Research, ISSN 1751-200X, E-ISSN 1751-2018, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 349-364Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Logistics service providers (LSPs) have started to transform their operations and strategy to be more effective from a green perspective. One concern that is of particular interest of LSPs is how to create organisational green awareness and translate this into practice in their operations. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the roles of green strategic commitment and organisation in LSPs’ adoption of green initiatives. The data for this study were collected through a questionnaire survey, investigating a sample of LSPs operating in the Swedish, Finnish and Italian markets. From the literature analysis, a set of testable hypotheses was developed. The results indicate that there are relationships between the nature, as well as the scope, of functional involvement and the green strategic priority. The results further suggest that the inclusion of environmental consideration in the overall business strategy is positively related to the involvement and coordination of multiple functions as well as existence of a separate environmental function.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2017
Keywords
logistics service providers; LSPs; environmental sustainability initiatives; green strategic priority; functional involvement; questionnaire survey
National Category
Business Administration Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150411 (URN)10.1504/IJBSR.2017.10007304 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-08-22 Created: 2018-08-22 Last updated: 2018-09-19
Sandberg, E., Björklund, M. & Huge-Brodin, M. (2015). Buyer-supplier relationships - A comparison between European and Asian supplier relationships. In: : . Paper presented at The 27th annual Nordic Logistics Research Network (NOFOMA) conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buyer-supplier relationships - A comparison between European and Asian supplier relationships
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120953 (URN)
Conference
The 27th annual Nordic Logistics Research Network (NOFOMA) conference
Available from: 2015-08-31 Created: 2015-08-31 Last updated: 2019-05-09
Sandberg, E., Björklund, M. & Huge Brodin, M. (2015). Buyer-supplier relationships, a comparison between European and Asian supplier relationships. In: : . Paper presented at NoFoMa conference 3-5 Juni, book of proceedings, Molde, Norway.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buyer-supplier relationships, a comparison between European and Asian supplier relationships
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119679 (URN)
Conference
NoFoMa conference 3-5 Juni, book of proceedings, Molde, Norway
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2019-05-09
Huge-Brodin, M., Martinsen Sallnäs, U. & Karlsson, M. (2015). Sustainable Logistics Service Providers: A strategic perspective on green logistics service provision. In: Lim, M., Jones, C., Day, J. and Smith, S. (Ed.), Proceedings from the 20th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference: Resource Efficiency and Sustainability in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Paper presented at 20th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference (pp. 1-8). Derby: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport & Derby University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable Logistics Service Providers: A strategic perspective on green logistics service provision
2015 (English)In: Proceedings from the 20th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference: Resource Efficiency and Sustainability in Logistics and Supply Chain Management / [ed] Lim, M., Jones, C., Day, J. and Smith, S., Derby: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport & Derby University , 2015, p. 1-8Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Environmental sustainability is of increasing importance. The Logistics Service Industry is of specific interest: its impact from mainly transports is still increasing. However, the sustainability of any company also includes a long-term prosperous business. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how a hauler, as an example of a logistics service provider (LSP), through approaching environmental sustainability from an overall strategic business perspective, can succeed long-term.

Research Approach: The paper builds on an in-depth case study of a medium sized privately held LSP. The case was selected as it stands out compared to its competitors with respect to environmental engagement and long-term commitment to sustainability related issues. Starting from a framework based on RBT (Resource Based Theory), the case is analysed regarding how various types of resources and dynamic capabilities can contribute to sustainable competitive advantage.

Findings and Originality: The case study illustrates how an LSP can put various resources to work and how resources can be combined. It is demonstrated that these combinations of resources are valuable, rare and perfectly inimitable, and that they to a high extent are well established in the company, and hence not rely in certain individuals. The cases study further demonstrates how an LSP can sense possibilities, seize opportunities and, when needed, reshape its business accordingly, and hence possess critical dynamic capabilities. This research contributes by analysing an LSP that, in contrast to most of its competitors, has succeeded in making its sustainable development a strategic asset. This asset reaches beyond the commonly acknowledged efficiency gains, and is an interesting example of how an LSP through its dynamic capabilities can gain a unique position.

Research Impact: The strategic perspective through an RBT lens has previously been applied to LSPs mainly in survey based research. The results of this paper are rare, as they build on a real-case situation of a successful and sustainable LSP, while the extant research of success among LSPs going greener mostly suggest future development to become successful. This paper suggests how sustainable development can become a strategic asset for an LSP, and how dynamic capabilities can support that. Theories on dynamic capabilities have previously only been applied to a very limited extent on the analysis of LSPs aiming for going greener

Practical Impact: Based on this case, other LSPs may get inspiration to how they can develop their business to become more sustainable. The analysis points to that greening efforts cannot be seen in isolation, rather it is the combination of efforts, uniquely orchestrated for each case, that can make a difference. Therefore, the results point to relationships between various efforts, as well as how the different greening efforts fit the context of the LSP.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Derby: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport & Derby University, 2015
Keywords
logistics service provider, sustainable development, strategy, case study
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121780 (URN)978-1-904564-50-8 (ISBN)
Conference
20th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference
Funder
TrenOp, Transport Research Environment with Novel PerspectivesSwedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council
Available from: 2015-10-05 Created: 2015-10-05 Last updated: 2016-11-30
Jensen, J. K., Arlbjörn, J. S., Huemer, L. & Huge-Brodin, M. (2014). Drivers and Barriers for Collaborative Environmental Sustainability: Transport Buyers' Perceptions. In: Gammelgard, B. et al. (Ed.), Competitiveness through Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics: Proceedings from the 26th Conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network. Paper presented at The 26th Conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network (pp. 458-474). Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Drivers and Barriers for Collaborative Environmental Sustainability: Transport Buyers' Perceptions
2014 (English)In: Competitiveness through Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics: Proceedings from the 26th Conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network / [ed] Gammelgard, B. et al., Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press, 2014, p. 458-474Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

ABSTRACT

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate transport byers perception of drivers and barriers for collaborative environmental sustainability and how this interrelate with the companies’ degree of knowledge about logistics service providers and their degree of collaboration with these logistics service providers.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is based on an electronic questionnaire-survey distributed to Danish transport buyers. The questionnaire was distributed to 344 transport purchasers of which 82 have made complete and useful answers leading to an overall response rate of 24 per cent.

Findings

The main drivers for environmental sustainability are identified as: 1) demand from top management to focus on environmental sustainability, 2) avoiding loosing reputation, and 3) a feeling of ethical obligation. The main barriers are identified as: 1) difficulties to visualize the benefits of sustainability, 2) lack of data and information about sustainability, and 3) customers are not willing to pay for sustainability. In addition, the paper provides evidence for that the drivers for environmental sustainability positively affect knowledge of logistics service providers and collaboration with environmental issues.

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NOFOMA 2014 Proceedings Copenhagen Business School

Research limitations/implications

This research is based on a survey of Danish companies purchasing logistic services and thus solely represents a Danish transport buyer perspective. Thus, future research can explore how the view is different in specific logistics buyer and service provider relationships and other national contexts.

Practical implications

More research is needed on a differentiated perspective on environmental sustainability in the relation to the purchase of materials versus service offerings.

Originality/value

This paper provides evidence of a paradoxical nature of drivers and barriers for environmental sustainability grounded in the extant body of literature compared with the empirical findings in this study. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press, 2014
Keywords
drivers, barriers, environmental collaboration, transport buyers, logistics service providers
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114794 (URN)978-87-997433-0-8 (ISBN)
Conference
The 26th Conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network
Projects
SusInt
Funder
Nordic Council of Ministers
Available from: 2015-03-04 Created: 2015-03-04 Last updated: 2015-03-18
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-8554-0687

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