Strategic Themes in the Haulier Business: A Systematic Literature Review of Road Freight Transport

Benedikte Borgström, Britta Gammelgaard, Andreas Wieland

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Purpose: This article provides a comprehensive review of the strategic management of transport and logistics services and to identify promising avenues for future research in the field.
Design/methodology/approach: A systematic literature review is conducted based on articles published between 2011 and 2016 in international peer‐reviewed journals. 55 selected articles deal with strategic elements concerning hauliers, such as service offerings, costs and revenues.
Findings: Themes of hauliers’ strategizing that are discussed in the literature, namely carrier selection revisited, professionalism, innovation, horizontal collaboration, planned and emergent strategies, and value propositions.
Research limitations/implications: The research expands on the previous literature on logistics and transport and adds knowledge about hauliers as part of the transport and supply chain.
Social implications: In highly ranked transport journals, only two per cent of the published articles concern haulier strategizing, thus, knowledge development concerning the socio-economic and managerial problems of practitioners and policy makers is delimited.
Original/value: The study contributes to a strategic perspective by identifying transdisciplinary avenues of research that are likely to likely to encourage hauliers to be innovative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference. NOFOMA 2017
EditorsDaniel Helström, Joakim Kembro, Hajnalka Bodnar
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationLund
Publication date2017
ISBN (Electronic)9789177533375
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 29th NOFOMA Conference 2017: Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference - Lund Universitet, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 8 Jun 20179 Jun 2017
Conference number: 29


ConferenceThe 29th NOFOMA Conference 2017: Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference
LocationLund Universitet
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  • Systematic literature review
  • Trucking
  • Haulier
  • Strategic
  • Management
  • Road freight transport

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