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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Online from: 1971

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Toward a unified theory of logistics

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Title:Toward a unified theory of logistics
Author(s):John T. Mentzer, (Department of Marketing, Logistics and Transportation, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA), Soonhong Min, (Division of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA), L. Michelle Bobbitt, (Department of Marketing, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, USA)
Citation:John T. Mentzer, Soonhong Min, L. Michelle Bobbitt, (2004) "Toward a unified theory of logistics", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 34 Iss: 8, pp.606 - 627
Keywords:Distribution management, Operations and production management, Supply chain management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09600030410557758 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Despite the growing importance of logistics in corporate strategy and the global economy, the logistics literature reveals little effort to build a unified theory of logistics (i.e. a theory of the role of logistics in the firm). Thus, the purpose of this paper is to move toward a unified theory of logistics within the contexts of the strategic role and capabilities of logistics. Considering the importance of logistics in today's corporate strategy, various theories of the firm are adapted to explain the reasons for logistics activities within the firm. The proposed theory should serve as a conceptual reference point for future theory development and empirical research in logistics.

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