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Logistics capabilities for sustainable competitive advantage

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The purpose of this paper is to explore how sustainable competitive advantage is generated in two Swedish best practice companies that successfully exploit logistics as a source for competitive advantage. Using a theoretical framework based on the resource-based view of the firm, this research elaborates on the links between operational and dynamic logistics capabilities and sustainable competitive advantage. The findings conclude that a sustainable competitive advantage is based on a combination of efficient and effective logistics operations and well-functioning, adjusted, in-house-developed IT systems. This operational capability is in turn sustained through five dynamic capabilities: managerial knowledge and presence, cross-functional teamwork, control, learning and supply chain relationships.

Keywords: case study; dynamic capabilities; operational capabilities

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Management and Engineering, Linkoping, Sweden

Publication date: 2011-02-01

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