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Performance issues of Smart Transportation Management systems

Gunnar Stefansson (Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland and Division of Logistics and Transportation, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden)
Kenth Lumsden (Division of Logistics and Transportation, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 1 January 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to use the conceptual model of the Smart Transportation Management (STM) system and analyze how the included factors change the performance of distribution activities and what management issues are at stake.

Design/methodology/approach

To prepare the paper, a literature study was made and case studies carried out in companies and organizations that are included in advanced transportation setups, including infrastructure providers, carriers, truck manufacturers, software providers, shippers, and more.

Findings

The main finding of the study is a model that includes three major components of smart transportation management, namely, smart goods, smart vehicles and smart infrastructure. These components embrace some factors that have effects on supply chain performance; however, to different extents.

Research limitations/implications

The paper uses a framework for the smart transportation management system that is useful when studying advanced transportation management systems, the functions that need to be supported and what factors have effects on supply chain performance.

Practical implications

Practical implications are mainly based on the structure of the smart transportation system that is used and the identified factors that affect the performance of the supply chain, as these factors can be influenced by logistics management.

Originality/value

The framework used in this research is a new development that collects advanced functions of goods identification, vehicle information systems and infrastructure systems into one conceptual model for smart transportation management that include some factors that are affecting supply chain performance.

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Citation

Stefansson, G. and Lumsden, K. (2009), "Performance issues of Smart Transportation Management systems", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 58 No. 1, pp. 55-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410400910921083

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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