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Drivers for Vertical Integration in the Rail Sector – Using Wagons as “Relationship Specific Assets”,

Författare och institution:
Jason Monios (-); Rickard Bergqvist (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Industriell och Finansiell ekonomi & logistik)
Publicerad i:
International Journal of Logistics Management, 27 ( 2 ) s. 533 - 551
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This paper uses a combination of transaction cost economics (TCE), the resource-based view (RBV) and the relational view to analyse vertical integration in the rail sector. The empirical analysis is based on a cross-case comparison of four case studies of intermodal operators in Europe, each exhibiting different levels of collaboration and integration between terminals, operators and sub-contractors, in terms of both inter-organisational investment and asset ownership. Viewing rail wagons as “relationship specific assets” rather than merely transaction specific or firm specific demonstrates that wagon ownership is not only a good indicator of the level of vertical cooperation but of the existence of trust and learning within a collaborative environment. Thus the organisational setup is not derived purely from transaction or resource characteristics, but is rather driven by the integration of processes through the purchase of assets that will be used to produce a service, with the expected levels of trust and commitment that such a venture entails. In this sense, the role of the wagon as a relationship specific asset is a microcosm of the key elements of a successful intermodal transport system.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
business model, governance, intermodal freight transport, cooperative, institutions, transaction cost economics (TCE), resource-based view (RBV), relational view
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2015-06-16 11:41
Posten ändrad:
2016-08-06 10:15

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