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Publication date: 1 November 2011

Jonathan W. Kohn, Michael A. McGinnis and Ali Kara

The purpose of this paper is to assess relevance of the three dimensions (process strategy, market strategy, and information strategy) of the Bowersox and Daugherty…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess relevance of the three dimensions (process strategy, market strategy, and information strategy) of the Bowersox and Daugherty typology to logistics strategy and organizational competitive outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

Empirical data gathered from US logistics managers were analyzed using second‐order factor analysis to examine the Bowersox/Daugherty typology's relevance to logistics strategy and organizational competitive responsiveness.

Findings

The findings identify overall logistics strategy and its effect on logistics coordination effectiveness, customer service effectiveness and organizational competitive responsiveness. Implications for teachers and practitioners of logistics and supply chain management are discussed.

Practical implications

The paper's findings expand the understanding of logistics strategy's role in organizational competitive responsiveness. In addition, the findings of this paper provide a foundation for future research into comparative studies of business logistics management and supply chain management.

Originality/value

The paper provides empirical insights that could facilitate the development of logistics management/supply chain management theory.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 22 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Article
Publication date: 18 May 2012

Michael A. McGinnis, John E. Spillan and Nicholas Virzi

This manuscript aims to empirically examine logistics strategy in Guatemalan firms and compare the findings to recent research into logistics strategy research of USA firms.

Abstract

Purpose

This manuscript aims to empirically examine logistics strategy in Guatemalan firms and compare the findings to recent research into logistics strategy research of USA firms.

Design/methodology/approach

Data on logistics strategies and logistics outcomes were gathered from Guatemalan logistics managers and then compared with empirical data gathered from US logistics managers.

Findings

While the fundamentals of logistics strategy in Guatemala were similar to those of USA firms, it was found that Guatemalan logistics managers place somewhat less importance on process strategy but greater importance on market strategy and information strategy to achieve logistics coordination effectiveness, customer service commitment, and organization competitive responsiveness. Possible reasons for these differences include culture and size of the economy.

Practical implications

The results suggest that logistics strategies in different countries may be affected by differences in culture, the size of an economy, and possibly other considerations.

Originality/value

These findings should be considered as a point of departure for those conducting research into cross‐cultural logistics and supply chain management strategies.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Article
Publication date: 9 August 2013

John E. Spillan, Michael A. McGinnis, Ali Kara and George Liu Yi

The purpose of this manuscript is to empirically compare logistics strategies in Chinese and US manufacturing firms and the outcomes of these strategies to test the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this manuscript is to empirically compare logistics strategies in Chinese and US manufacturing firms and the outcomes of these strategies to test the underlying factor structure and measurement equivalences of Bowersox/Daugherty model and its relationship with critical success factors.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured questionnaire was used to gather data from Chinese and American logistics managers. Using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), the authors compared the three dimensions of the overall logistics strategy (OLS) – process strategy, market strategy, and information strategy – in two countries. A structural equation model (SEM) was then used to assess the impact of OLS on perceived competitiveness in two countries.

Findings

Although the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of the two countries differed substantially, the findings were similar. Data from both countries provided strong support for the three dimensions of overall logistic strategy (OLS). In addition, it was found that OLS, when combined with logistics coordination effectiveness (LCE) and customer service effectiveness (CSE), contributes to organizational effectiveness (COMP).

Practical implications

This research provides insights into comparative logistics in two large disparate economies and provides support for the Bowersox/Daugherty logistics/supply chain management typology.

Originality/value

This manuscript provides insights into comparative logistics/supply chain management that have not been previously reported through empirical research.

Article
Publication date: 1 February 1990

Jonathan W. Kohn, Michael A. McGinnis and Praveen K. Kesava

The responses of 222 logistics managers inmanufacturing firms were analysed to identifylogistics strategies and evaluate relationshipsbetween organisational environment…

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The responses of 222 logistics managers in manufacturing firms were analysed to identify logistics strategies and evaluate relationships between organisational environment and logistics strategy. The findings were integrated with previous research to develop a contingency model of logistics strategy.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 20 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 1983

Michael A. McGinnis and M. Robert Ackelsberg

Following World War II, American corporations enjoyed twenty‐five years of prosperity and technological dominance. That has changed dramatically in recent times…

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Following World War II, American corporations enjoyed twenty‐five years of prosperity and technological dominance. That has changed dramatically in recent times. Management has to rekindle innovation and creativity, say the authors, who give a blueprint that will help strategic planning live up to its expectations.

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

Article
Publication date: 1 February 1992

Michael A. McGinnis

During the last 30 years the environments faced by the businesslogistics manager have dramatically increased in complexity. Theintegration of logistics processes with…

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During the last 30 years the environments faced by the business logistics manager have dramatically increased in complexity. The integration of logistics processes with organizational strategy, increasing complexities of partnership/channel relationships, and the increasingly international scope of business logistics processes are examples of these complexities. The military logistics literature addresses complex issues of integrating logistics with strategy and tactics; co‐ordinating world wide supply operations; co‐ordinating an industrial base with military needs; and managing cycles of mobilization, warfare, and demobilization. Summarizes the development of business logistics thought, reviews the military logistics literature, and develops insights from the said literature that appear relevant to business logistics thought.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 22 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Article
Publication date: 1 June 1979

Michael A. McGinnis

Several variables are widely regarded as affecting the shippers' transportation choice process. Early analyses of transportation choice by Meyer et and by Friedlaender…

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Several variables are widely regarded as affecting the shippers' transportation choice process. Early analyses of transportation choice by Meyer et and by Friedlaender emphasised rates and inventory costs as important determinants of transportation choice. Later, Ballou and DeHayes discussed the effect of transportation reliability on inventory levels, particularly that variation in delivery times increases inventory levels even when average delivery time remains constant. The Baumol and Vinod model of transportation choice considered freight rates, speed, reliability (variance in speed) as well as loss and damage. Finally, Neuschel recognised the logistics concept requires that the economics of transportation must be balanced with company policies and customer considerations such as manufacturing, warehousing, and customer service.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management, vol. 10 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0269-8218

Article
Publication date: 1 July 1995

Michael A. McGinnis, C.M. Kochunny and Kenneth B. Ackerman

Logistics managers were surveyed regarding decisions (1) to use third party logistics services and (2) practices regarding the selection of third party providers…

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Logistics managers were surveyed regarding decisions (1) to use third party logistics services and (2) practices regarding the selection of third party providers. Responses suggest that decisions to use third party logistics services are not driven by strong preconceptions, pro or con, regarding the attractiveness of the third party option. Further, attitudes toward the use of third party logistics services are not greatly affected by the firm's competitive responsiveness strategy or its perceived external environment. When a decision has been made to use third party providers, a wide range of performance oriented selection criteria are important. But, price considerations are important only after performance criteria have been met, and both the firm's competitive responsiveness strategy and external environment affect the selection criteria. It was concluded that selection criteria were much more affected by performance issues rather than cost issues. Implications for logistics service providers, users, teachers, and researchers are presented.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 6 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

Article
Publication date: 1 May 1983

In the last four years, since Volume I of this Bibliography first appeared, there has been an explosion of literature in all the main functional areas of business. This…

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In the last four years, since Volume I of this Bibliography first appeared, there has been an explosion of literature in all the main functional areas of business. This wealth of material poses problems for the researcher in management studies — and, of course, for the librarian: uncovering what has been written in any one area is not an easy task. This volume aims to help the librarian and the researcher overcome some of the immediate problems of identification of material. It is an annotated bibliography of management, drawing on the wide variety of literature produced by MCB University Press. Over the last four years, MCB University Press has produced an extensive range of books and serial publications covering most of the established and many of the developing areas of management. This volume, in conjunction with Volume I, provides a guide to all the material published so far.

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Management Decision, vol. 21 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 1980

Kathryn Rudie Harrigan

How should your company respond to the complex competitive challenge of declining demand? The model described here can increase your prospects of success.

Abstract

How should your company respond to the complex competitive challenge of declining demand? The model described here can increase your prospects of success.

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 1 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

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