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Strategic Alignment as a Key Factor of Success for 4PL Development: A Research Program

Strategic Alignment as a Key Factor of Success for 4PL Development: A Research Program
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Author(s): Laurence Saglietto (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France), François Fulconis (Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, France) and Gilles Paché (Université Montpellier I, France)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 2
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch280
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

One of the most significant upheavals of the logistics industry is the emergence of a new generation of logistics service providers, called fourth party logistics (4PL). Their function is to provide the supply chain members with a customized service, based on a flawless coordination of logistical resources mobilized from the various firms. Considering the importance of IT, the paper suggests a research program on this subject referring to strategic alignment models. Its aim is to know whether the 4PL are able to combine their business strategy, IT deployment and organizational performance efficiently so as to manage interfaces between the supply chain members in the best conditions.

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