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Knowledge exchange and intermodal logistics network integration: social network embeddedness perspective


Lee, E-S, Knowledge exchange and intermodal logistics network integration: social network embeddedness perspective, Journal of International Logistics and Trade, 10, (2) pp. 3-19. ISSN 1738-2122 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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As intermodal logistics networks play a crucial role in enhancing the entire logistics performance, effectively managing the intermodal logistics network has become a significant strategic consideration in international logistics. The existing literature stresses that inter-organizational knowledge exchange is essential to successfully integrating logistics components and for maximizing logistics performance in the long run. These contentions ensure that knowledge exchange between intermodal logistics network entities-such as shipping lines, port terminal operators, freight forwarders, road and rail freight operators and other related logistics operators-are key factors in facilitating the successful integration of an intermodal logistics network because an intermodal logistics network is an integrated part of the entire international logistics system. This paper aims to investigate the question of how intermodal logistics network entities can successfully exchange knowledge with each other, and whether the knowledge exchange can contribute to the effective integration of the intermodal logistics network. For this, this paper adopts the social network embeddedness perspective in order to identify a useful inter-organizational relationship mechanism within the intermodal logistics networks, allowing the facilitation of knowledge exchange among the network players. A conceptual framework will be developed for the exploration of the aforementioned relationships between the social network mechanisms, i.e. network density, tie strength, knowledge exchange among network entities, and intermodal logistics network integration. Following the parameters of this framework, the theoretical and practical implications will be discussed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intermodal logistics network integration, knowledge exchange, social network embeddedness
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Logistics
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Port infrastructure and management
UTAS Author:Lee, E-S (Dr Eon-Seong Lee)
ID Code:81164
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2012-11-23
Last Modified:2016-09-30
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