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Enterprises\' readiness to establish and develop collaboration in the area of logistics

By Marcin Świtała


Background: Despite the large number of studies on various aspects and forms of supply chain collaboration, the issue is still classified as a relatively poorly recognized research problem in the logistics field. This article is crucial in the discussion on the further directions for the development of cross-organizational collaboration. The main objective of these studies was to assess the readiness of companies to start and develop vertical and horizontal collaboration within logistics. Methods: The research problem was analysed on the basis of primary and secondary data sources. Primary research was conducted among manufacturing and trade companies as well as logistics service providers. In the statistical description the Mann-Whitney U test and Wilcoxon test were used. It was assumed that the result was statistically significant for p<0.05. Results: The results show a high readiness of the companies surveyed for further vertical integration and two variables had a statistically significant effect on the assessment of the respondents, i.e. the current level of integration and the role the respondents played in the supply chain. As far as horizontal cooperation is concerned, the readiness of the companies surveyed for further integration was slightly above the average level. Compared to vertical collaboration, the difference between the average rating was statistically highly significant. Conclusions: The study indicates the need for the companies surveyed to be involved in logistics collaboration. However, it should be emphasized that the respondents prefer collaboration with companies which do not operate at the same level in the supply chain. As far as horizontal collaboration is concerned, the results can be explained by a number of concerns expressed by the respondents regarding the behavior of potential collaborators. Apparently, in this case, an individual approach with a competitive attitude dominates among the respondents

Topics: logistics collaboration, supply chain collaboration, vertical and horizontal collaboration, Marketing. Distribution of products, HF5410-5417.5
Publisher: Poznań School of Logistics
Year: 2016
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