Title: Sourcing strategies for an international Iranian logistics service provider case study: Persian Gulf Transportation Co

Authors: Arezo Ghahghaei; Ebrahim Teimoury

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 16846-13114, Farjam St, Narmak, Tehran, Iran ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 16846-13114, Farjam St, Narmak, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Ever increasing competition along with customer demands for receiving customised services persuade firms to collaborate with other firms to create and deliver more value. On the other hand, entrance of information technology into the supply chain (SC) processes offers new opportunities to do collaborative businesses and facilitates integration of appropriate competencies and capabilities through SC. These conditions put emphasis on the importance of effective and efficient resource management especially in supply chain management (SCM) to realise predefined objectives. In accordance with previous works, primary framework was organised by combining transaction cost economics and resource-based view. However, analysis in this case study displayed another important theory, social exchange theory, should be considered in sourcing decisions. Finally, a comprehensive framework to develop sourcing strategies was provided for an international logistics service provider (LSP), Persian Gulf Transportation Co. To present this framework, content analysis and focus group were used for data analysis and validation, respectively.

Keywords: sourcing strategies; LSP; logistics service providers; RBV; resource-based view; TCE; transaction cost economics; social exchange theory; strategic management; Iran; case study; resource management; supply chain management; SCM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCM.2014.067293

International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 2014 Vol.5 No.4, pp.321 - 331

Accepted: 10 Sep 2014
Published online: 02 Feb 2015 *

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