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Effect of information sharing and process coordination on logistics outsourcing

Chen Liu (School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi, China)
Baofeng Huo (School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China)
Shulin Liu (School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China)
Xiande Zhao (Department of Economics and Decision Sciences, China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, China AND Institute of Supply Chain Integration and Service Innovation, College of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 2 February 2015




The purpose of this paper is to test how integrative mechanisms, including information sharing and process coordination, influence logistics outsourcing, and how logistics outsourcing influence performance from an extended RBV perspective.


The structural equation modeling (SEM) method is used to examine the proposed model, based on data collected from 361 companies in greater China.


Integrative mechanisms are helpful for logistics outsourcing (basic, customized, and advanced outsourcing). Specially, information sharing contributes to customized and advanced outsourcing, but has no significant effect on basic outsourcing. In contrast, process coordination improves basic and advanced outsourcing, but insignificantly influences customized outsourcing. Besides, each type of logistics outsourcing has differently effects on 3PL users’ performance. This study contributes to 3PL theories and practices.


This study empirically examines the antecedents and the outcomes of logistics outsourcing, contributing to 3PL literature and practices.



This study was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71372058), Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (No. LR13G020001), and Program for Zhijiang Young Scholar of Social Sciences of Zhejiang Province (No. 13ZJQN032YB).


Liu, C., Huo, B., Liu, S. and Zhao, X. (2015), "Effect of information sharing and process coordination on logistics outsourcing", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 115 No. 1, pp. 41-63.



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