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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.

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: 2018-05-09Bibliographically 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
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
Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2017). Sustainable logistics business cases. In: Daniel Hellström, Joakim Kembro & Hajnalka Bodnar (Ed.), NOFOMA 2017: the 29th NOFOMA conference: ”Taking on grand challenges”: conference proceedings. Paper presented at The 29th NOFOMA Conference: ”Taking on grand challenges”, Lund, Sweden, June 8-9, 2017. Nordic Logistics Research Network
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable logistics business cases
2017 (English)In: NOFOMA 2017: the 29th NOFOMA conference: ”Taking on grand challenges”: conference proceedings / [ed] Daniel Hellström, Joakim Kembro & Hajnalka Bodnar, Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75333 (URN)9789177533375 (ISBN)
Conference
The 29th NOFOMA Conference: ”Taking on grand challenges”, Lund, Sweden, June 8-9, 2017
Available from: 2018-06-07 Created: 2018-06-07 Last updated: 2018-06-20Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M., Forslund, H. & Persdotter Isaksson, M. (2016). Exploring logistics-related environmental sustainability in large retailers. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 44(1), 38-57
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring logistics-related environmental sustainability in large retailers
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 38-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to explore and illustrate ways in which the world’s largest retailers describe their logistics-related environmental considerations, their environmental indicators applied to measure the effects of these considerations and their environmental consciousness in their CSR reports.Design/methodology/approach– Classification models are developed via a literature review on logistics-related environmental considerations, indicators and consciousness. A content analysis approach is then applied to examine CSR reports from 12 of the world’s largest retailers.Findings– Few retailers show environmental considerations in all logistics activities, but purchasing is especially well described. Even if many retailers claim to use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, no one uses is completely. Judging consciousness from CSR reports raised a number of questions.Research limitations/implications– A contribution to theory is the development of two classification models. The first provides a description structure for environmental considerations related to logistics activities. The second expands the GRI indicator framework by incorporating a structure for logistics activities.Practical implications– The classification models developed can be an important mean for managers and also consumers to judge the environmental sustainability of retailers by their CSR reports.Social implications– The study makes a social contribution with its input on sustainability and especially environmental issues.Originality/value– Few studies have focused upon environmentally sustainable logistics in retail chains, and even fewer address how to measure environmental sustainability in this context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016
Keywords
Environmental sustainability, Retailer, Logistics, Consciousness, Environmental indicator
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47371 (URN)10.1108/IJRDM-05-2015-0071 (DOI)000381912300004 ()2-s2.0-84949908109 (Scopus ID)
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2015-11-23 Created: 2015-11-23 Last updated: 2018-04-13Bibliographically approved
Björklund, M. & Forslund, H. (2016). Hållbara logistikinnovationer (HLI) i handels- och logistikföretag. In: Peter Berling & Helena Forslund (Ed.), Proceedings från logistikföreningen Plans forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens: . Paper presented at Plans forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Växjö, October 19-20, 2016. Växjö: Logistikföreningen Plan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hållbara logistikinnovationer (HLI) i handels- och logistikföretag
2016 (Swedish)In: Proceedings från logistikföreningen Plans forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens / [ed] Peter Berling & Helena Forslund, Växjö: Logistikföreningen Plan , 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Logistikföreningen Plan, 2016
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60225 (URN)
Conference
Plans forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Växjö, October 19-20, 2016
Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2017-02-06Bibliographically approved
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