(Ph.D. University of Oklahoma) is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the M. J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He holds a Ph.D. and Baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. His current research interests include supply chain networks and security initiatives. Dr. Autry's research has appeared several times in the Journal of Business Logistics and numerous other business journals.
A LOGISTICS STRATEGY TAXONOMY
Article first published online: 10 MAY 2011
2008 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Journal of Business Logistics
Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 27–51, Autumn 2008
How to Cite
Autry, C. W., Zacharia, Z. G. and Lamb, C. W. (2008), A LOGISTICS STRATEGY TAXONOMY. JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LOGISTICS, 29: 27–51. doi: 10.1002/j.2158-1592.2008.tb00086.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 10 MAY 2011
- Factor analysis;
- Logistics strategy;
Beginning with Bowersox and Daugherty's (1987) influential work describing three unique logistics organizational forms, researchers have generally taken a theoretical typology approach to classifying logistics strategies, and attempts to validate the numerous proposed typologies have produced inconsistent and somewhat conflicting results. In an attempt to add clarity to this stream of research, the current article partially replicates and extends the previous studies using a more rigorous and data-driven methodology, by developing an empirical taxonomy with firmlevel logistics activities used as clustering criteria. The results identify two primary logistics strategy types used by contemporary firms. The revealed strategies are somewhat parallel to two of the three strategic orientations proposed within the original Bowersox and Daugherty (1987) typology, but also elements suggested by other researchers, as well as new concepts introduced since the original work was published. Based on the results, implications of the revealed logistics strategy taxonomy are provided for managers, and foundations are laid for researchers seeking to undertake further inquiry in the area.