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Björklund, Maria
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Björklund, M., Forslund, H. & S.Ülgen, V. (2017). Hållbarhetsarbete i transportförsörjningskedjor. In: Hållbarhetsarbete i transportförsörjningskedjor: . Paper presented at Plankonferensen 25-26 oktober, Göteborg.. Göteborg.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hållbarhetsarbete i transportförsörjningskedjor
2017 (Swedish)In: Hållbarhetsarbete i transportförsörjningskedjor, Göteborg, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: , 2017
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-142525 (URN)
Conference
Plankonferensen 25-26 oktober, Göteborg.
Projects
Innovativt hållbarhetsarbete i logistikförsörjningskedjor
Available from: 2017-10-31 Created: 2017-10-31 Last updated: 2017-11-23Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M., Forslund, H. & Persdotter Isaksson, M. (2016). Exploring logistics-related environmental sustainability in large retailers. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 44(1), 38-57.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring logistics-related environmental sustainability in large retailers
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 44, no 1, 38-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore and illustrate ways in which the world’s largest retailers describe their logistics-related environmental considerations, their environmental indicators applied to measure the effects of these considerations and their environmental consciousness in their CSR reports.

Design/methodology/approach – Classification models are developed via a literature review on logistics-related environmental considerations, indicators and consciousness. A content analysis approach is then applied to examine CSR reports from 12 of the world’s largest retailers.

Findings – Few retailers show environmental considerations in all logistics activities, but purchasing is especially well described. Even if many retailers claim to use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, no one uses is completely. Judging consciousness from CSR reports raised a number of questions.

Research limitations/implications – A contribution to theory is the development of two classification models. The first provides a description structure for environmental considerations related to logistics activities. The second expands the GRI indicator framework by incorporating a structure for logistics activities.

Practical implications – The classification models developed can be an important mean for managers and also consumers to judge the environmental sustainability of retailers by their CSR reports.

Social implications – The study makes a social contribution with its input on sustainability and especially environmental issues.

Originality/value – Few studies have focused upon environmentally sustainable logistics in retail chains, and even fewer address how to measure environmental sustainability in this context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124187 (URN)10.1108/IJRDM-05-2015-0071 (DOI)
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2016-01-21 Created: 2016-01-21 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2016). The sustainable logistics innovation process: an exploratory study. In: Lauri Ojala, Juuso Töyli, Tomi Solakivi, Harri Lorentz, Sini Laari, Ninni Lehtinen (Ed.), NOFOMA 2016 - Proceedings of the 28th Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference: . Paper presented at NOFOMA 2016 - the 28th Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference, Turku, Finland, June 8-10, 2016 (pp. 35-51). Turku, Finland: University of Turku Press.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The sustainable logistics innovation process: an exploratory study
2016 (English)In: NOFOMA 2016 - Proceedings of the 28th Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference / [ed] Lauri Ojala, Juuso Töyli, Tomi Solakivi, Harri Lorentz, Sini Laari, Ninni Lehtinen, Turku, Finland: University of Turku Press , 2016, 35-51 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Sustainability has become an important aspect for improving logistics, and the development ofmore sustainable logistics operations calls for innovative thinking. The purpose of this study isto explore how the sustainable logistics innovation (SLI) process is managed by some retailersand LSPs in order to suggest a framework for describing and analysing the SLI process.

Design/methodology/approach: Literature on general, logistics and sustainable innovation processes is studied. A multiple-casestudy in five Swedish retailers and LSPs is conducted. With a pattern-matching approach, theSLI processes in the companies are analysed and a framework is suggested.

Findings: A framework for the SLI process is suggested and its differences from general innovationprocesses are highlighted, such as the use of 3BL business cases. It shows the characteristics ofthe SLI process and which actors that are involved. The SLI process can vary largely and stillgenerate SLIs. However, managerial improvement potentials were found in several phases ofthe process.

Research limitations/implications: This study addresses the lack of empirically based research in logistics innovation and expandsit to retailers. It expands our knowledge into SLI, where the framework can be applied tostructure and understand SLI processes, and to identify improvement potentials.

Practical limitations/implications: Managerial implications are found in the limited customer involvement in idea generation andthe often “secret” way of evaluating ideas. As the companies can be seen as forerunners in SLI,managers can get inspiration by studying how the process is managed.

Originality/value: Very few studies are found in the area of sustainable logistics innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turku, Finland: University of Turku Press, 2016
Keyword
sustainable logistics, innovation process, case study, innovation management
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131011 (URN)978-951-29-6517-5 (ISBN)
Conference
NOFOMA 2016 - the 28th Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference, Turku, Finland, June 8-10, 2016
Projects
Transportrelaterat CSR, Vinnova
Funder
VINNOVA, 2014-03363
Available from: 2016-09-05 Created: 2016-09-05 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved
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: 2015-09-25
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: 2015-08-10
Piecyk, M. & Björklund, M. (2015). Green logistics, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (3ed.). In: Alan McKinnon, Sharon Cullinane, Anthony Whiteing and Michael Browne (Ed.), Green Logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of Logistics (pp. 107-122). Kogan page.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Green logistics, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility
2015 (English)In: Green Logistics: Improving the environmental sustainability of Logistics / [ed] Alan McKinnon, Sharon Cullinane, Anthony Whiteing and Michael Browne, Kogan page, 2015, 3, 107-122 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kogan page, 2015 Edition: 3
Keyword
Logistik, Miljöaspekter
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114633 (URN)978-07-4947-186-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2015-03-11Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2015). In search of sustainable logistics innovation. In: : . Paper presented at NoFoMa conference 3-5 Juni, book of proceedings, Molde, Norway. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In search of sustainable logistics innovation
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119678 (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: 2015-08-10
Björklund, M. (2015). Logistics decision levels, activities and sustainability focus among swedish retailers. In: Book of proceedings: . Paper presented at The 20th LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop, Derby, UK 9-11 September 2015. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Logistics decision levels, activities and sustainability focus among swedish retailers
2015 (English)In: Book of proceedings, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121575 (URN)
Conference
The 20th LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop, Derby, UK 9-11 September 2015
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2015-09-25 Created: 2015-09-25 Last updated: 2015-10-05
Piecyk, M. & Björklund, M. (2015). Logistics service providers and corporate social responsibility: Sustainability reporting in the logistics industry. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 45(5), 459-485.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Logistics service providers and corporate social responsibility: Sustainability reporting in the logistics industry
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, ISSN 0960-0035, E-ISSN 1758-664X, Vol. 45, no 5, 459-485 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to present a content analysis of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports published by logistics service providers (LSPs), and to analyse factors influencing the level and scope of reporting. In order to address this objective, the authors show to what extent various social and environmental categories are covered in the CSR reports. The authors also investigate whether any differences in the use of CSR indicators can be found with regard to the use of a formal reporting framework, the size of a company, location of its headquarter, and ownership structure.

Design/methodology/approach– The study begins with a comprehensive literature review on the CSR policies and practices in relation to the field of logistics. A database of 350 international LSPs is compiled based on independent rankings of top logistics companies. Applying a content analysis approach, corporate web sites and CSR reports are examined in order to investigate how sustainability is reported and what CSR-related indicators are published. Statistical analysis is carried out to provide insight into whether any differences in the use of CSR indicators can be found with regard to four key factors identified in the literature review.

Findings– Although aspects of sustainability are mentioned on corporate web sites of most LSPs in the database (53 per cent), only 13 per cent publish formal CSR reports. This research identifies a variety of indicators used by LSPs and shows that the use of a formal reporting framework and the size of a company are the two main factors influencing the levels of CSR reporting in the sector.

Practical implications– This paper provides an insight into how transparently LSPs report on the sustainability of their performance. LSPs can compare their own CSR reporting approaches to the body of scientific literature and the findings presented in this paper, in order to adapt more general concepts and best practice evidence to their needs.

Social implications– By focusing on best practice in reporting of the environmental and social performance, this research can potentially improve the long-term sustainability of the logistics sector.

Originality/value– This is the first study providing a comprehensive review of the CSR reporting practice in the third party logistics sector. As such, this paper provides an important basis for CSR-related research in the field of logistics and supply chain management. Several areas for future research are also identified.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald, 2015
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114637 (URN)10.1108/IJPDLM-08-2013-0228 (DOI)000355921500003 ()
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Forslund, H. & Björklund, M. (2015). Supplier evaluation in supply chains, Actors’ influences and perspectives on performance management. In: : . Paper presented at IPSERA conference, 30 April-2 May, Amsterdam. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supplier evaluation in supply chains, Actors’ influences and perspectives on performance management
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119677 (URN)
Conference
IPSERA conference, 30 April-2 May, Amsterdam
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-08-10
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