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Keywords:

  • 3PL;
  • Inter-organizational relationships;
  • Logistics outsourcing;
  • Partnerships

In order to be successful in today's competitive environment, third-party logistics providers (3PLs) increasingly strive to develop close, mutually beneficial long-term relationships with customers. The current study identifies inter-organizational conditions and firm-specific factors that influence a firm's partnering behavior with its 3PL. A model of the antecedents and dimensions of partnering behavior is developed and tested with a diverse set of relationships between a focal 3PL and members of its customer base.