Critical Success Factors for Horizontal Logistics Collaboration

TitleCritical Success Factors for Horizontal Logistics Collaboration
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsJepsen, LBroede
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Volume19
Page459
Publisherepubli
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9878-9; 978-3-8442-9880-2
ISSN NumberISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
Keywordscritical success factors, five-stages process, horizontal logistic collaboration, network broker
Abstract


Research in transport and logistics has primarily focused on vertical
collaboration (e.g. customer-supplier collaboration), whereas horizontal
collaboration between e.g.competitors, has received only limited attention
(Vanovermeire et al., 2013).
Literature on collaboration has emphasized motivations, opportunities,
antecedents and outcome (Cruijssen et al., 2007), but researcher have paid far
less attention to the developmental processes of horizontal collaboration, i.e.
the process through which collaborations are initiated, formed, and operated
(Das et al., 2002). Furthermore, an investigation of critical success factors such
as shippers' willingness and motives, their challenges, the selection of partners
and the role of the network broker in regard to the initiation and creation of
horizontal collaboration have been largely neglected in previous logistic
research.
The purpose of this case study is therefore to bridge these gaps and investigate
the critical success factors during the early development stages
of a horizontal logistic collaboration. The research question guiding this paper is:
RQ1: What can be learnedabout critical success factors during the early
development stages of a horizontal logistic collaboration?
This study contributes to theory generation suggesting a five-stage process for
horizontal collaboration underlining thecritical success factors during this
process. Especially, the role of the network broker has been found essential for
the successful creation of a horizontal collaboration.
This study is an example of real-life collaboration between producers, which
have resulted in the development of new green transport corridor. Therefore,
this case provides valuable new learning about the process of creating a
horizontal logistic collaboration.