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Event Triggered Institutional Innovation – Evidence from Logistics Organization in Chinese Companies

Bode, Alexander and Saric, Sasa and Alig, Simon (2010):
Event Triggered Institutional Innovation – Evidence from Logistics Organization in Chinese Companies.
In: IFSPA 2010 - Conference Proceedings, pp. 84-95, ISSN 978-962-367-716-5,
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Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Bode, Alexander and Saric, Sasa and Alig, Simon
Title: Event Triggered Institutional Innovation – Evidence from Logistics Organization in Chinese Companies
Language: English
Journal or Publication Title: IFSPA 2010 - Conference Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Institutional Innovation, Logistics, China, New Institutionalism, Organizational Change
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Department of Management and Logistics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Cluster and Value Chain Management
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 13:58
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It is the paper’s aim to provide an assessment of the current organization of Chinese companies in the field of logistics by determining the status of Chinese logistics organizations. To accomplish our goal we develop a model describing institutional innovation in logistics organization of Chinese companies. Our model combines existing approaches explaining logistics organization’s development with New Institutionalism theory. We empirically test the model at a sample of 142 Chinese manufacturing companies responding to a large scale survey. We find that Chinese enterprises use the strategy of decoupling, i.e. the external perception of logistics is more sophisticated than the actual implementation in the companies suggests. Moreover we find that logistics in China is just at the turning point from a function oriented perspective to logistics as a process oriented integrated function. The change process is initiated by pressure from the institutional environment to increase the efficiency of logistics, which has been triggered by the financial crisis. This paper contributes to research in different ways: it helps understanding the impact of external events on company intern logistics organization; moreover the knowledge on the development model helps deciders to assess their own logistics organization and to deduce improvement possibilities.English
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