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Exploring knowledge management practices in third-party logistics service providers
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Knowledge and Innovation Management (KIM))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8469-2427
Research Institute on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS), National Research Council (CNR), Naples, Italy.
2018 (English)In: Vine: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, ISSN 0305-5728, E-ISSN 1474-1032, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 162-177Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to explore knowledge management (KM) practices implemented by third-party logistics service companies (3PLs) and the main barriers slowing down the adoption of such practices.

Design/methodology/approach – The methodological approach used in this paper is based on a multiple case study analysis involving a set of 3PLs operating in Italy and Sweden.

Findings – In spite of some adoption, our findings suggest that 3PLs are not sufficiently realizing the full potential of KM. Our evidence also indicates that there is a link between the type of 3PL company (in terms of the breadth and complexity of the services supplied) and the sophistication of KM tools adopted.

Research limitations/implications – From a practical point of view, the findings may help the management of 3PL companies to take a more strategic approach to KM and thus its contribution to the firms´ overall goals. Additionally, it is critical to conduct a careful analysis of current and future KM needs to identify the most suitable KM solutions linked to the specific characteristics of the business in which 3PLs operate. From a research point of view, further research should focus on the validation of the link between the number and sophistication of KM tools used and the breadth of services supplied. Further research should also focus on exploring how KM can support 3PL companies in enhancing their performance.

Originality/value – This study provides fresh insights into the adoption of KM practices in logistics service organizations. The findings advance the limited body of knowledge regarding this topic and contribute to the further development of the study of KM.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. Vol. 48, no 2, p. 162-177
Keywords [en]
Knowledge management practices, Barriers to KM adoption, Logistics service providers, Italian and Swedish logistics service markets, Country comparison
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Business Administration
Research subject
Knowledge and Innovation Management (KIM)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14713DOI: 10.1108/VJIKMS-05-2016-0030ISI: 000432405700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047065591OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14713DiVA, id: diva2:1180017
Note

An early version of this paper has been presented at the 10th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD), “Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: connecting the knowledge dots”, held in Bari (Italy), 10-12 June, 2015.

Available from: 2018-02-04 Created: 2018-02-04 Last updated: 2018-05-31Bibliographically approved

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