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Examining the drivers of competitive advantage of the international logistics industry

Chang, C-H, Lai, P-L and Lu, C-S Examining the drivers of competitive advantage of the international logistics industry. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications. ISSN 1367-5567 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Enhancing the competitive advantage of the international logistics industry is vital for a country. While most literature addresses the competitive advantage of individual organisations from the resource-based view, relatively few studies assess various governmental influences on providing a competitive advantage to the logistics industry. Drawing on the institutional theory and resource-based view, this study empirically identifies the critical drivers that affect competitive advantage in the international logistics industry. From the initial findings and a review of the relevant literature, this study identifies infrastructure, technology, integration, and regulation as the main drivers. Empirical data were collected from 149 international logistics firms or service providers in Taiwan. The study results show that the logistics industry in Taiwan is satisfied with technology and infrastructure. Using structural equation modelling (SEM), this study finds that regulation and integration have a positive impact on the competitive advantage of the international logistics industry, whereas technology has a positive impact on integration. In addition, based on the results of bootstrapping analysis, integration has a mediating effect on the relationship between technology and competitive advantage of the international logistics industry. Theoretical, managerial, and policy implications are discussed to reinforce the competitive advantage of the international logistics industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 01 Mathematical Sciences, 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5410 Marketing. Distribution of Products
Divisions: Engineering
Publisher: Routledge
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 09:52
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 05:36
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14794

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