Title: Outsourcing strategies in the security sector

Authors: Jouni Juntunen; Mari Juntunen; Vesa Autere; Pekka Kess

Addresses: Department of Marketing, Oulu Business School University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4600, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland ' Department of Marketing, Oulu Business School University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4600, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland ' Technical Inspection Division, P.O. Box 919 (Fabianinkatu 2), FI-00131 Helsinki, Finland ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine how security-related outsourcing strategies and the negotiating power of the public sector, the military and the relevant logistics service providers influence indirect logistics costs. Survey data was gathered from 149 respondents and the model was tested using structural equation modelling. The findings indicate that negotiating power and logistics strategy do not correlate. However, together they do affect direct costs and perceived service quality to reduce indirect logistics costs. Furthermore, it seems that service quality may have a strong mediating role in the relationship between negotiation power and indirect costs. Hence, the buyers of logistics services could learn from the public sector and the military on how to use negotiating power and strategy to obtain better service and short-term cost reductions and potentially improve the service performance of their supply chain. The paper will therefore be of value to both practitioners and scholars.

Keywords: supply chain management; SCM; strategy; negotiating power; service performance; structural equation modelling; military logistics; logistics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2017.088041

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2017 Vol.6 No.4, pp.297 - 310

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 16 Nov 2017 *

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