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The entrenchment strategy of logistics service providers: Towards a sequential cooperation-competition process?

Gilles Paché, Pablo Medina
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 1, No 1 | a39 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v1i1.39 | © 2007 Gilles Paché, Pablo Medina | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 November 2007 | Published: 15 November 2007

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Gilles Paché, Université de la Méditerranée (Aix-Marseille II), France
Pablo Medina, Cemex, Mexico

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The logistics industry has been attracting the attention of researchers in management for several years. Their focus is increasingly on interorganisational relationships between logistics service providers and their customers, examining the modes of interaction occurring between them. An abundant literature emphasises the importance of cooperative strategies in the logistics industry, hinting that this is a dominant requirement, destined for inevitable development. This article presents a more qualified position and proposes that cooperative strategies are most likely a transition step between arm’s-length competition periods, and resorts to the entrenchment theory, imported from organisational finance, to propose a sequential cooperation-competition model.

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