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The impact of logistics platforms and location on logistics resource integration and operational performance

Gaoyan Lyu (Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China)
Lihua Chen (Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China)
Baofeng Huo (School of Management, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 3 April 2019

Issue publication date: 15 May 2019




The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between logistics park platforms, logistics location and operational performance. Relationship analysis helps managers respond to the changes that today’s logistics companies face, which include limited resources and facilities, market uncertainties and financial instabilities.


A structured questionnaire is developed based on the resource-based view. Qualitative data collected from 273 companies in China are used in a structural equation model to test the conceptual model.


In logistics parks, logistics park platforms and location positively influence companies’ resource integration, which is positively related to operational performance. While logistics park platforms can improve operational performance directly, logistics location cannot. Resource integration is thus a full mediator between logistics location and operational performance, while it is a partial mediator between logistics park platforms and operational performance.


This study fills a gap in the literature on logistics parks, particularly on the relationships among operational performance, resource integration, logistics park platforms and the location of logistics parks in China. The authors provide guidelines for logistics park managers to organize their resources and develop capabilities for improving the operational performance of companies in logistics parks.



This research was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos 71525005, 71673011, 71821002). It is also supported by Liantai Supply Chain System Research and Development Center at Peking University.


Lyu, G., Chen, L. and Huo, B. (2019), "The impact of logistics platforms and location on logistics resource integration and operational performance", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 549-568.



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