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Firm‐specific characteristics and logistics outsourcing by Chinese manufacturers

Junjie Hong (PhD candidate of Department of Economics, National University of Singapore, AS 2 Level 6, 1 Arts Link, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 117570, e‐mail: artp1295@nus.edu.sg)
Anthony T.H. Chin (Associate Professor of Department of Economics, National University of Singapore)
Binglian Liu (Professor and head of Research Center of Logistics, Nankai University, the People’s Republic of China)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This paper aims at understanding the firm‐specific determinants of logistics outsourcing in a transitional economy. Some hypotheses are made and tested based on a survey conducted in 2002. The results show that factors such as financial strength, production and industrial type, management level at which the logistics decision is made can significantly affect outsourcing decisions. Other factors such as number of employees and ownership type are considered as well. Some of our findings are different from previous studies that target at developed countries. Implications for practitioners and areas for future research are considered at the end.

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Citation

Hong, J., Chin, A.T.H. and Liu, B. (2004), "Firm‐specific characteristics and logistics outsourcing by Chinese manufacturers", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 23-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/13555850410765212

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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