Is environmental sustainability a strategic priority for logistics service providers?
Evangelista, Pietro; Colicchia, Claudia; Creazza, Alessandro
Despite an increasing number of third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) regard environmental sustainability as a key area of management, there is still great uncertainty on how 3PLs implement environmental strategies and on how they translate green efforts into practice. Through a multiple case study analysis, this paper explores the environmental strategies of a sample of medium-sized 3PLs operating in Italy and the UK, in terms of environmental organisational culture, initiatives, and influencing factors. Our analysis shows that, notwithstanding environmental sustainability is generally recognised as a strategic priority, a certain degree of diversity in the deployment of environmental strategies still exists. This paper is original since the extant literature on green strategies of 3PLs provides findings predominantly from a single country perspective and mainly investigates large/multinational organizations. It also provides indications to help managers of medium-sized 3PLs in positioning their business. This is particularly meaningful in the 3PL industry, where medium-sized organizations significantly contribute to the generated turnover and market value.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Aug 1, 2017|
|Journal||Journal of environmental management|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Evangelista, P., Colicchia, C., & Creazza, A. (2017). Is environmental sustainability a strategic priority for logistics service providers?. Journal of environmental management, 198(1), 353-362. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.04.096|
|Keywords||Environmental Strategy, Environmental Sustainability Practices, Influencing Factors, Logistics Service Providers, Case Study Analysis|
|Additional Information||This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of environmental management, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.|
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