Logistics outsourcing: a structured literature review

Akbari, M 2018, 'Logistics outsourcing: a structured literature review', Benchmarking: An International Journal, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 1548-1580.


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Title Logistics outsourcing: a structured literature review
Author(s) Akbari, M
Year 2018
Journal name Benchmarking: An International Journal
Volume number 25
Issue number 5
Start page 1548
End page 1580
Total pages 33
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a structured literature review (SLR) and systematic insight into logistics outsourcing research, in order to identify gaps in knowledge, and provide future research direction in the logistics outsourcing discipline. Design/methodology/approach - This paper identifies and synthesises information from academic journals and examines research designs and methods, data analysis techniques, geographic locations, industry engagements, year of publication, publishers, university and author affiliations. A collection of online databases from 1991 to 2016 were explored, using the keywords "third-party", "logistics" and "outsourcing" in their title and/or abstract, to deliver an inclusive listing of journal articles in this discipline area. Based on this approach, a total of 263 articles were found and data were derived from a succession of variables. Findings - There has been a significant increase and concentration by researchers over the past 25 years focussing on logistics outsourcing. A need to implement best practice has been universally identified, owing to increasing global supply chain complexity. This analysis shows that only seven literature reviews were published in the logistics outsourcing discipline. Additionally, this study revealed that 42 per cent of the work in this field was found to be survey based and this trend in research indicates the development of the structural equation modelling and multi-criterion decision-making methods. Investigations between 2010-2012 and 2015-2016 accounted for 151 of the total 263 articles published. Finally, reverse logistics is an area that requires special attention. Research limitations/implications - This paper is limited to a review of academic articles obtainable from online databases, containing the words "logistics" and "outsourcing" in the title and/or abstract. Additionally, only papers from high quality, peer-reviewed journals were evaluated. Other academic sources
Subject Logistics and Supply Chain Management
International Business
Keyword(s) Outsourcing
Logistics
Literature review
3PL
Supply chain management
Third-party
DOI - identifier 10.1108/BIJ-04-2017-0066
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ISSN 1463-5771
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