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Drivers and Barriers for Collaborative Environmental Sustainability: Transport Buyers' Perceptions
University of Southern Denmark.
University of Southern Denmark.
BI Norwegian Business School.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (Sustainable Logistics)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8554-0687
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, 458-474 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]



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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 458-474 p.
Keyword [en]
drivers, barriers, environmental collaboration, transport buyers, logistics service providers
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114794ISBN: 978-87-997433-0-8OAI: diva2:792486
The 26th Conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network
Nordic Council of Ministers
Available from: 2015-03-04 Created: 2015-03-04 Last updated: 2015-03-18

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