Title: A dynamic framework for managing horizontal cooperation in logistics

Authors: Sven Verstrepen, Martine Cools, Frans Cruijssen, Wout Dullaert

Addresses: Flanders Institute for Logistics and Tri-Vizor N.V., Jordaenskaai 25, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium. ' Department of Business Studies, Lessius University College – KU Leuven, Korte Nieuwstraat 33, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium; Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands. ' Wageningen University and Argusi Network Solutions, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands. ' Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA), University of Antwerp, Keizerstraat 64, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium; Antwerp Maritime Academy, Noordkasteel Oost 6, 2030 Antwerp, Belgium

Abstract: This paper first explores the motives and drivers that Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) may feel to start up horizontal cooperation. Secondly, a classification supporting LSPs in their search for a suitable collaboration structure is developed based on distinguishing cooperation characteristics encountered in practice. The third contribution consists of a description of the typical life cycle of a partnership and how it can be managed over time. Partnerships are presented as a means for LSPs to cope with increasingly difficult market conditions. In addition, they offer positive side effects for society and the environment.

Keywords: horizontal partnerships; supply chain collaboration; LSPs; logistics service providers; cooperation life cycle; framework; supply chain management; SCM; logistics management; cooperation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2009.022497

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2009 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.228 - 248

Published online: 10 Jan 2009 *

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