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De-greening of logistics?: Why environmental practices flourish and fade in provider-shipper relationships and networks
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8969-9396
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8554-0687
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. Vol. 74, p. 276-287
Keywords [en]
Paradoxes, Green logistics, Logistics service providers, Networks, Environmental practices, Supply chain relationships
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149996DOI: 10.1016/j.indmarman.2018.07.001ISI: 000449894200023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-149996DiVA, id: diva2:1236865
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Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development CouncilSwedish Energy AgencyRagnar Söderbergs stiftelse
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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

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