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Logistics innovation: a literature‐based conceptual framework

Scott J. Grawe (Division of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michael F. Price College of Business, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 6 November 2009




The purpose of this paper is to develop a model of logistics innovation based on previous studies in the logistics literature and recommend opportunities for further research.


A review of the following logistics journals is conducted: International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Transportation Journal, and Transportation Research: Part E. Articles for the review are selected based on their explicit relevance to logistics innovation.


There has been a limited amount of theory‐based research conducted on the topic of logistics innovation. While antecedents and outcomes of logistics innovation have been identified within the leading logistics journals, very little empirical testing has been done. The diffusion of logistics innovations has also received attention in the logistics literature.

Research limitations/implications

The scope of this paper is limited to top logistics journals. Further, theoretical development in the study of logistics innovation is warranted.


Few studies have specifically addressed logistics innovation. The paper offers a model of logistics innovation based on a review of the existing literature.



Grawe, S.J. (2009), "Logistics innovation: a literature‐based conceptual framework", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 360-377.



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