Managers' perspectives of logistics and supply chain changes during the recent economic downturn
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AbstractThis research has examined the decisions taken by logistics and supply chain managers across three countries during the economic recession of 2008–2010. A quasi-longitudinal approach was adopted, with four questionnaire survey rounds being carried out across the period, with a total of over 300 responses being received. The findings from the first two survey rounds indicated that only a limited number of companies had made significant changes to their logistics strategies, but this number increased as the recession continued. While the most common company response was to downsize the organisation, there were also other strategic changes such as those in the use of third-party logistics, in warehousing choices, and in a move to more local suppliers. In the broader context, the results contribute to the understanding of how companies evolve their logistics strategies when dealing with significant changes in their external environment.
CitationBentley, Y. (2011) 'Managers' perspectives of logistics and supply chain changes during the recent economic downturn' The International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications 14 (6): 427-441
PublisherTaylor & Francis