Terry L. Esper (Ph.D. University of Arkansas) is an Assistant Professor of Logistics in the Marketing and Logistics Department at the University of Tennessee. Terry's research interests include supply chain collaboration, boundary spanner role perceptions and behavior, supply chain learning and relationship management. His research has appeared in the Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Transportation Journal and several conference proceedings.
LOGISTICS LEARNING CAPABILITY: SUSTAINING THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE GAINED THROUGH LOGISTICS LEVERAGE
Article first published online: 10 MAY 2011
2007 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Journal of Business Logistics
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 57–82, Autumn 2007
How to Cite
Esper, T. L., Fugate, B. S. and Davis-Sramek, B. (2007), LOGISTICS LEARNING CAPABILITY: SUSTAINING THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE GAINED THROUGH LOGISTICS LEVERAGE. JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LOGISTICS, 28: 57–82. doi: 10.1002/j.2158-1592.2007.tb00058.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 10 MAY 2011
- Logistics strategy;
- Logistics leverage;
- Logistics capabilities;
- Organizational learning;
- Sustainable competitive advantage
Many firms now place emphasis on leveraging logistics capabilities as a source of competitive advantage. This manuscript suggests that the key to sustaining this competitive position is through adopting learning principles in logistics. As such, a logistics learning capability framework is presented, including the components of an effective learning-based logistics organization. Research propositions, an in-depth case study and implications are presented to further support the learning capability framework suggested and highlight the importance of learning in today's hypercompetitive global supply chain environment.