Assessing supply chain collaboration, firm capabilities and performance: An empirical study of third-party logistics industry in Finland

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Chen, Leifu
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-04T13:21:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-04T13:21:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/18348
dc.description.abstract Research objectives: The study aims to develop a theoretical model and validate its corresponding hypotheses to identify and explain the relationship among supply chain collaboration (SCC), firm capabilities and performance based on resourced-based view and its extension version (relational view and extended resource-based view) in the context of Finnish third-party logistics industry. Data and Methodology: Research data were obtained from an online survey, which was developed by the researchers of Logistics Department, Aalto University School of Business. The research procedures follow the typical quantitative empirical research procedure, including data collection, missing data analysis and imputation, statistical description, analysis of variance (ANOVA), exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM). Main findings and conclusions: First, the results of EFA indicated the groups of survey items are expected as our questionnaire design. We also found that the effect of firm size on most of these constructs are insignificant. Second, a five-factor model was confirmed through the assessment of convergent validity, discriminant validity and reliability. Third, a CFA was conducted to examine the discrepancies between the proposed model and the measurement model by various fit statistics. The proposed model was strongly supported by assessing the validity and reliability of the measurement model. Fourth, a SEM approach was applied to assess the fit of a structural model and validate the hypothesized relationships. The good fit indices indicated that the structural model was adequately supported. Furthermore, the empirical results supported the claim that 1) SCC increases the logistics service capability and innovation capability; 2) better logistics service capability leads to better innovation capability; 3) better operational performance could be achieved by developing innovation capability; 4) operational performance is positively linked to financial performance. Discussions: The findings are consistent with previous studies and the theoretical propositions of the research are largely confirmed the survey responses collected from Finland's 3PL providers. The theoretical contribution is the development of a comprehensive conceptual model. In terms of practical application, the results of empirical evidences presented in this study not only advance the understanding of SCC, but also provide an instructive guidance. At last, we discussed the limitations of this study, particularly, the data collection method, and gave the suggestions in the future research to remedy these limitations. en
dc.format.extent 92
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Assessing supply chain collaboration, firm capabilities and performance: An empirical study of third-party logistics industry in Finland en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Tieto- ja palvelutalouden laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Information and Service Economy en
dc.subject.keyword third-party logistics
dc.subject.keyword supply chain collaboration
dc.subject.keyword logistics service capability
dc.subject.keyword innovation capability
dc.subject.keyword operational performance
dc.subject.keyword financial performance
dc.subject.keyword structural equation modeling
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201511054919
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Logistics en
dc.programme.major Logistiikka fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon logistiikka
dc.subject.helecon logistics
dc.subject.helecon yhteistyö
dc.subject.helecon cooperation
dc.subject.helecon toimitusketju
dc.subject.helecon supply chain
dc.subject.helecon palvelut
dc.subject.helecon service
dc.subject.helecon suorituskyky
dc.subject.helecon efficiency
dc.subject.helecon prosessit
dc.subject.helecon processes
dc.ethesisid 14022
dc.date.dateaccepted 2015-06-05
dc.location P1 I


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