Faced with reduced budgets and rising service expectations, public authorities are increasingly cooperating with private businesses. This paper examines an alternative procurement- and service delivery concept, Performance-based Logistics (PBL). It has been introduced by the US and UK armed forces. However, other nations, such as Germany, are still reluctant to follow. This article has two aims: First, to identify the conceptual characteristics of PBL, and second, to analyze potential reasons why although PBL is popular in some nations, others are so reluctant to introduce it. This will be done using a mixed method approach. The concept of PBL will be introduced by deductively developing a conceptual model of PBL using a business model framework. The analysis of PBL application will be performed using an in-depth case study from the German defense sector. This will be framed by a literature review and concluded by managerial recommendations.
Kleemann, F., Glas, A. and Essig, M. (2012), "Public procurement through performance-based logistics: Conceptual underpinnings and empirical insights", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 151-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOPP-12-02-2012-B001Download as .RIS
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