Integration of logistics and cloud computing service providers: Cost and green benefits in the Chinese context

Subramanian, N, Abdulrahman, M and Zhou, X 2014, 'Integration of logistics and cloud computing service providers: Cost and green benefits in the Chinese context', Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 86-98.


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Title Integration of logistics and cloud computing service providers: Cost and green benefits in the Chinese context
Author(s) Subramanian, N
Abdulrahman, M
Zhou, X
Year 2014
Journal name Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Volume number 70
Issue number 1
Start page 86
End page 98
Total pages 13
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Drawing on the innovation diffusion theory and data from 236 Chinese small and medium-sized logistics service providers (SMLSPs), this study developed and tested a conceptual model for empirically examining the green and cost benefits of integration between cloud service providers and SMLSPs in the Chinese context. The study posits that the perceived green and cost benefits drive the need for cloud computing (CC) adoption by Chinese SMLSPs. The results indicate that Chinese SMLSPs are attracted by CC to reduce cost in a short term and to gain sustainability through green benefits in a long term. The study extends CC capabilities and enterprise integration literature in the context of logistics services.
Subject Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) China
Cloud computing
Innovation diffusion
Logistics services
Technology adoption
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.tre.2014.06.015
Copyright notice © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 1366-5545
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