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De-greening of logistics through provider-shipper interaction
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8554-0687
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)In: The 29th Annual IMP Conference: Building and Managing Relationships in a Global Network: Challenges and Necessary Capabilities / [ed] Johnston, Weslsy, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose of the paper

In contrast to the general perception of logistics service providers, recent research suggests that logistics service providers can be considered as more open to developing green services than their customers are to require them. The purpose of this paper is to explain how green efforts and ambitions are transformed when logistics service providers co-operate with their customers.

Research method

The paper is based on a multiple case study of two networks, symmetrically composed of two relationships each with an LSP as the common actor. The networks are analysed first on a dyad level, which is the basis for a network analysis of the cases. The two cases are finally compared in order to identify patterns between the cases.

Research findings

The findings suggest that even though the logistics service providers display a certain level of greenness in their own appearance, the level of greenness decreases to different extent in the interaction with the shippers. The attitude among the shippers is an important reason to how the green efforts are transformed in the relationships, as they are in overall control of the relationships. In addition, even if the shipper is positive and contributes to a positive development the shipper’s customers can constitute a barrier in the LSP-shipper interaction. On the other hand, a mutually positive attitude may impose synergetic effects in the dyad.


The paper applies the concept of network paradoxes to greening logistics in LSP-shipper dyads, and increases the understanding of why the green efforts among logistics service providers are not directly transferred to the surrounding network of shippers/customers. This contributes to the small but emerging body of literature on the greening of industrial networks, but also to a further understanding of the role of inter-organisational relationships in literature on green supply chain management and green logistics. 

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Keyword [en]
Network paradoxes, green logistics, green supply chain management, logistics service providers, dyads
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103189OAI: diva2:687610
The 29th Annual IMP Conference (IMP 2013), August 30 – September 2, 2013, Atlanta, GA, USA
Swedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2014-01-14 Created: 2014-01-14 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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