New forms of partnership: the role of logistics clusters in facilitating horizontal collaboration mechanisms

Yossi Sheffi, Maria Jesus Saenz, Liliana Rivera, David Gligor

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Abstract

Although the benefits of horizontal collaboration have been well documented in the literature, research has yet to offer a detailed understanding of the mechanisms that firms employ to create successful horizontal collaboration. Further, the role of logistics clusters in facilitating horizontal collaboration is crucial but not clear yet. This paper addresses these gaps. In order to address the research objectives, we employ a systematic literature review methodology. As a result of this process, one hundred thirty-three (133) papers published in leading academic journals were systematically analyzed. These studies are reviewed under the theoretical lenses of the transaction cost economics (TCE) and the derived identification of governance mechanisms (i.e. joint value propositions, informal governance, formal governance and information exchange) to achieve successful horizontal collaboration. Further, we provide a detailed description of how logistics clusters can facilitate and promote the development of such mechanisms, illustrated with companies’ best practices. As a result, several testable research propositions are put forth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-931
Number of pages27
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 24 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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