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In search of sustainable logistics innovation
Linköping University. (Supply Chain Studies)
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics. (Supply Chain Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4255-1516
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 27th International NOFOMA conference, Molde, Norway, Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The development of more sustainable logistics services calls for innovative thinking. However, what innovative thinking and innovation imply, is seldom clearly expressed. The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding and application of the innovation concept within logistics research with a focus on sustainability, by exploring the relation between sustainability and innovation within the fields of logistics.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based upon a literature review of sustainable logistics, sustainable innovation, logistics innovation and sustainable logistics innovation, furthermost in peer reviewed scientific journals. Pattern-matching is used to analyse and categorise the findings in the literature with regard to definitions applied, as well as research patterns and research gaps.

Findings

We suggest a definition of sustainable logistics innovation, to lay a foundation for common understanding. Three research patterns; type of innovation targeted, aspects that generate innovation and how to manage innovation are described. A number of research gaps that ought to be included in a future research agenda are suggested.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)

An increased understanding of the innovation concept and common research patterns within this area, can constitute an important basis for researchers in order to positioning and clarify the innovativeness in their research. The research gaps identified can provide guidance for future research studies.

Originality/value

Few studies have combined sustainability and innovation within logistics focusing on the practical application.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordic Logistics Research Network, 2015.
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Logistics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43004ISBN: 978-82-7962-207-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-43004DiVA: diva2:810735
Conference
The 27th International NOFOMA conference, Molde, Norway, 3-5 June, 2015
Available from: 2015-05-08 Created: 2015-05-08 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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