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Delimiting the Logistics System: A delicate Problem in Assessing the Environmental Impact from Transport
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (Sustainable Logistics)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8554-0687
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (Sustainable Logistics)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2009 (English)In: Proceedings from the Annual NOFOMA conference: 11-12 June 2009, Jönköping, Jönköping: JIBS , 2009, 402-417 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose of this paper

The purpose of the paper is to illustrate some of the difficulties associated with assessing the environmental performance of logistics systems. The paper focuses on the environmental effects of transports in the logistics system, and elaborates on the complexity of defining an adequate system.

Design/methodology/approach

This conceptual paper builds on theory and literature on systems in general, and specifically logistics systems, and the environmental assessment of them. In addition, mini-cases are used to illustrate the analysis. The cases are from different sectors. Primary data was collected through interviews and secondary data through official internet pages and internal documentation.

Findings

The result of the paper is a set of  ”learning lessons” which aim at providing a deeper understanding of the system delimitation problem, specifically for the environmental assessment of logistics systems.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)

The paper is conceptual, and provides mainly a basis for further research. The illustrations emanate from a limited number of sectors, although the system delimitation problem is of a general nature.

What is original/value of paper

The problem of defining system limits is often overlooked, why this paper provides support for a better understanding of the problems of delimitations of a system.  The area of environmental assessment of logistics systems is still in its cradle, why this paper also contributes to that research field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: JIBS , 2009. 402-417 p.
Keyword [en]
System definition, logistics system, transport, environmental impact
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Other Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20853ISBN: 978-91-86345-01-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20853DiVA: diva2:236585
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Konkurrenskraftiga affärsmodeller för att möta framtidens krav på hållbara logistiksystem
Available from: 2009-09-24 Created: 2009-09-24 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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