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Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2019). Challenges Addressed by Swedish Third-Party Logistics Providers Conducting Sustainable Logistics Business Cases. Sustainability, 11(9), 1-15, Article ID 2654.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges Addressed by Swedish Third-Party Logistics Providers Conducting Sustainable Logistics Business Cases
2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 9, p. 1-15, article id 2654Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The sustainable logistics business case (SLBC) provides underlying argumentation to convince decision makers to approve initiatives within sustainablelogistics. Little knowledge exists on how companies conduct SLBCs or the challenges that need to be addressed. The purpose of this paper is to explore how companies conduct SLBCs, to increase the understanding of how perceived challenges can be addressed. Potential challenges were identified in literature on business cases models in general and sustainable logistics business cases. As third-party logistics providers (3PL) are big contributors to emissions and often are responsible for designing logistics setups, they were focused in the empirical study. How SLBC were conducted was investigated based on interviews with managers responsible for conducting SLBCs and the responses triangulated with information derived from actual business cases. Despite the careful selection of 3PLs well ahead within the area, few challenges were perceived by the studied companies. This does not imply that challenges do not exist but can rather be described as a consequence of their pragmatic and inward-looking perspective. Examples of how to address challenges are provided. The compiled list of SLBC challenges provides an overview that was missing in literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85866 (URN)10.3390/su11092654 (DOI)000469518700202 ()
Funder
Vinnova, 2014-03363
Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-07-18Bibliographically approved
Persdotter Isaksson, M., Hulthén, H. & Forslund, H. (2019). Environmentally Sustainable Logistics Performance Management Process Integration between Buyers and 3PLs. Sustainability, 11(11), 1-19, Article ID 3061.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmentally Sustainable Logistics Performance Management Process Integration between Buyers and 3PLs
2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 11, p. 1-19, article id 3061Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To ensure environmentally sustainable logistics, organizations need to have anenvironmentally sustainable logistics performance management (ESLPM) process. In line withsupply chain management (SCM) literature, there is a desire towards integrating processes withsupply chain partners to increase performance. The purpose of this paper is to propose a frameworkfor ESLPM process integration and to illustrate this framework in practice between buyers andthird-party logistics (3PLs) providers. The method used is multiple case studies of three dyads of3PLs and buyers from the public and private sector. Data were collected through 10 semi-structuredinterviews. Our major result is a proposed framework with criteria for the degree of ESLPM processintegration between buyers and 3PLs. It includes six activities: Selecting environmentally sustainablelogistics performance (ESLP) variables, defining ESLP metrics, setting ESLP targets, measuring ESLPmetrics, ESLPM feedback, and analyzing ESLP outcomes and processes. It considers suggestedoperationalization of each activity and the corresponding degree of integration. The framework canprovide guidelines for practitioners in identifying current degree of process integration. It may alsosupport decisions regarding actions needed to advance to a higher degree. This framework is the first toaddress logistics performance management process integration including environmental sustainability

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
environmental sustainability; performance management process; integration; dyads; multiple case study
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84721 (URN)10.3390/su11113061 (DOI)000472632200066 ()
Available from: 2019-06-07 Created: 2019-06-07 Last updated: 2019-07-26Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2018). A framework for classifying sustainable logistics innovations. Logistics Research, 11(1), 1-12
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A framework for classifying sustainable logistics innovations
2018 (English)In: Logistics Research, ISSN 1865-035X, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Researchers and practitioners alike need support in the challenges to develop sustainable logistics, and one cannot afford to have a limited view of what constitutes sustainable logistics innovation (SLI). In order to inspire researchers and practitioners to expand their mindset when addressing sustainable logistics, the purpose of this paper is to develop a framework for classifying sustainable logistics innovations, and by classifying some SLIs evaluating the applicability of the framework. The study is based on a literature review within logistics innovation, sustainable innovation, and sustainable logistics innovation, resulting in a framework. It contains three areas: softness, extent of change and scope, which in turn contain nine dimensions. Interviews in three retailers acting in Sweden were conducted. SLIs were illustrated and classified in the framework. By moving outside how research so far has studied SLIs, examples of SLIs in logistics activities other than transport were identified, in forms aside from technological solutions, and in industries outside of logistics service providers. It was found that it was possible to classify SLIs in all dimensions, with some difficulties in extent of change in output, which also shows the applicability of the framework. Using the framework, SLIs can be understood in a more concrete and applicable way, which can inspire practitioners to develop and expand their efforts towards sustainable logistics. Therefore the study has implications for research, practice and society. Several suggestions for future research are presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bremen: BVL, 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70297 (URN)10.23773/2018_1 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2019-07-09Bibliographically approved
Gottge, S., Menzel, T. & Forslund, H. (2018). An expected purchasing 4.0 process for premium automotive manufacturers. In: Jan Stentoft (Ed.), NOFOMA 2018: the 30th NOFOMA conference: “Relevant logistics and supply chain management research”: conference proceedings: . Paper presented at 30th annual NOFOMA conference, Kolding, Denmark, June 13-15. Nordic Logistics Research Network
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An expected purchasing 4.0 process for premium automotive manufacturers
2018 (English)In: NOFOMA 2018: the 30th NOFOMA conference: “Relevant logistics and supply chain management research”: conference proceedings / [ed] Jan Stentoft, Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76248 (URN)
Conference
30th annual NOFOMA conference, Kolding, Denmark, June 13-15
Available from: 2018-06-20 Created: 2018-06-20 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved
Andersson, P. & Forslund, H. (2018). Developing an indicator framework for measuring sustainable logistics innovation in retail. Measuring Business Excellence, 22(1), 1-13
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing an indicator framework for measuring sustainable logistics innovation in retail
2018 (English)In: Measuring Business Excellence, ISSN 1368-3047, E-ISSN 1758-8057, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop an indicator framework for measuring sustainable logistics innovation (SLI) in retail.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review in different theory areas was conducted to generate a literature-based SLI indictor framework. The literature-based framework was then compared to five-year sustainability reports of three Swedish retailers to identify SLI indicators and how to measure them. This comparison led to a developed framework.

Findings

The developed framework combines sustainability dimensions with logistics activities. It identifies SLI indicators and how to measure them. Significant gaps between the framework and sustainability reports prompted the creation of an agenda for future research. Items that further research should consider include broadening or deepening the framework, developing specifically social SLI indicators for all logistics activities and developing measurement scales for the SLI indicators.

Research limitations/implications

The study presents an SLI indicator framework as an initial contribution towards knowledge creation, and following the agenda for further research could generate even more implications for research.

Practical implications

Managers need inspiration concerning which indicators to use to measure SLI and how.

Social implications

The study addresses both environmental and social sustainability, as well as suggests SLI indicators.

Originality/value

No identified study has merged sustainable logistics innovation and performance measurement in retail.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
Keywords
Performance measurement, Innovation, Retail, Sustainable logistics
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73600 (URN)10.1108/MBE-04-2017-0017 (DOI)000441086200001 ()
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2019-01-15Bibliographically approved
Persdotter Isaksson, M., Hulthén, H. & Forslund, H. (2018). Dyadic integration of the ESLPM process: Multiple case study of buyers and LSPs. In: Jan Stentoft (Ed.), NOFOMA 2018: the 30th NOFOMA conference: “Relevant logistics and supply chain management research”: conference proceedings: . Paper presented at 30th annual NOFOMA conference in Kolding, Denmark, 13-15 june, 2018. Nordic Logistics Research Network
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dyadic integration of the ESLPM process: Multiple case study of buyers and LSPs
2018 (English)In: NOFOMA 2018: the 30th NOFOMA conference: “Relevant logistics and supply chain management research”: conference proceedings / [ed] Jan Stentoft, Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Business administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76250 (URN)
Conference
30th annual NOFOMA conference in Kolding, Denmark, 13-15 june, 2018
Available from: 2018-06-20 Created: 2018-06-20 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2018). Exploring the sustainable logistics innovation process. Industrial management + data systems, 118(1), 204-217
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring the sustainable logistics innovation process
2018 (English)In: Industrial management + data systems, ISSN 0263-5577, E-ISSN 1758-5783, Vol. 118, no 1, p. 204-217Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The development of more sustainable logistics calls for innovative thinking. In order to accelerate the development in the field, there is a need for increased understanding of the process behind successful implementation of sustainable logistics innovations (SLI). The purpose of this paper is to explore the SLI process, in order to identify critical factors, challenges as well as actors involved.

Design/methodology/approach

A multiple-case study in six Swedish retailers and LSPs, successful in SLI implementations, was conducted. Both within-case and cross-case analyses were applied.

Findings

The SLI process consists of five phases. The positive relationship between formalisation and SLI success is supported. Critical activities and challenges not known from literature were found in each phase. Examples are the use of logistics and customer KPIs, quickness, developing simple concepts, using a sustainability business case template and selecting where to test SLIs. Some phases are involving many internal and external actors, while others involve few internal actors. Customers are not particularly involved, and retailers involve their LSP suppliers.

Research limitations/implications

This study addresses the lack of empirical research in logistics innovation and has bridged the gap of innovation studies in other companies than in LSPs. Furthermore it has combined two developing areas, sustainable innovation and logistics innovation, into SLI. A number of critical activities and challenges, and complex patterns for actors’ involvement in the SLI process phases are explored as insights from particular cases; these results could be analytically generalised to theory.

Practical implications

The practical implications lie in guiding managers who wish to improve sustainability and innovativeness in logistics and, consequently, business success. Knowledge from successful companies about which phases to go through in which sequence, which challenges that can be expected and who to include in the SLI process could imply that more companies focus on SLI.

Originality/value

This study addresses the lack of empirically-based research in logistics innovation and expands the concept to retailers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70053 (URN)10.1108/IMDS-02-2017-0058 (DOI)000423366900010 ()
Available from: 2018-01-22 Created: 2018-01-22 Last updated: 2018-02-08Bibliographically approved
Ülgen, V., Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2018). Inter-organizational supply chain: interaction for sustainability. In: Jan Stentoft (Ed.), NOFOMA 2018: the 30th NOFOMA conference: “Relevant logistics and supply chain management research”: conference proceedings: . Paper presented at 30th annual NOFOMA conference, Kolding, Denmark, June 13-15, 2018. Nordic Logistics Research Network
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inter-organizational supply chain: interaction for sustainability
2018 (English)In: NOFOMA 2018: the 30th NOFOMA conference: “Relevant logistics and supply chain management research”: conference proceedings / [ed] Jan Stentoft, Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76245 (URN)
Conference
30th annual NOFOMA conference, Kolding, Denmark, June 13-15, 2018
Funder
The Kamprad Family Foundation, 20160039
Available from: 2018-06-20 Created: 2018-06-20 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved
Forslund, H., Mattsson, S.-A. & Stokkedal, R. (2018). Leverantörsflexibilitet ur ett inköparprespektiv. In: Proceedings of the Plan Research Conference, Jönköping, 23-24 oktober, 2018: . Paper presented at Plans forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Jönköping, 23-24 oktober, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Leverantörsflexibilitet ur ett inköparprespektiv
2018 (Swedish)In: Proceedings of the Plan Research Conference, Jönköping, 23-24 oktober, 2018, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82065 (URN)
Conference
Plans forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Jönköping, 23-24 oktober, 2018
Note

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Available from: 2019-04-22 Created: 2019-04-22 Last updated: 2019-05-15Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M., Forslund, H. & Ülgen, V. (2017). Hållbarhetsarbete i transportförsörjningskedjor. In: PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens 2017: konferensvolym. Paper presented at PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 25-26, 2017. Plan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hållbarhetsarbete i transportförsörjningskedjor
2017 (Swedish)In: PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens 2017: konferensvolym, Plan , 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Plan, 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75338 (URN)
Conference
PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 25-26, 2017
Available from: 2018-06-07 Created: 2018-06-07 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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