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Brekalo, Lisa
Albers, Sascha
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Working Paper 113
Purpose: We argue that the productive analyses of logistics alliances in the literature have led to a multitude of heterogeneous contributions. These should be consolidated and systematized in order to (a) synthesize the existing findings in a meaningful way and guide future research for effective design and management; and (b) improve logistics alliance performance in practice. Design/methodology/approach: We use a systematic literature review to screen and consolidate current knowledge on effective design and management of logistics alliances. Findings: This article categorizes the logistics literature on vertical and horizontal alliances into four key areas in order to systematically consolidate key performance factors, their sub-constructs and performance effects to identify implications for both research and practice. Research implications: Within our research agenda, we develop concrete research opportunities in four areas: horizontal logistics alliances; vertical logistics alliances; transfer of new research streams into the context of logistics alliances; and the incorporation of impediments and negative effects. Practical implications: By consolidating existing research results, we provide guidance for managers looking to establish or adapt logistics alliance structures and management systems. Originality/value: The consolidation of key performance impact factors on logistics alliances (both vertical and horizontal) provides a platform for further research. The developed agenda offers specific research opportunities to improve our understanding of logistics alliance performance.
strategic alliances
logistics (business)
Logistics Service Providers
literature review
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