Purpose: This paper aims to report on an investigation of logistics service provider (LSP) capabilities and how these capabilities contribute to LSP competitiveness in the context of China. Design/methodology/approach: This paper draws on work from economics and strategy on firm-level competitiveness, particularly the resource-based view, to develop and empirically examined 13 firm-specific capability constructs based on a survey of Chinese LSPs. Findings: Exploratory factor analysis and factor analysis regression indicated all 13 constructs are critical to a Chinese LSP's competitiveness and are interlinked in contributing to it. The findings also revealed the most critical capability is service quality; this capability was further assessed and two sub-constructs of operations and relationship management emerged. Practical implications: The results of the empirical study provide a useful way for LSP managers to identify and appraise their firm's capabilities and competitiveness. Originality/value: This study contributes by addressing a gap of empirical research concerning LSP competitiveness and capabilities. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2010|
- Competitive advantage
- Distribution management