A dynamic framework for managing horizontal cooperation in logistics

Sven Verstrepen*, Martine Cools, Frans Cruijssen, Wout Dullaert

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This paper first explores the motives and drivers that Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) may feel to start up horizontal cooperation. Secondly, a classification supporting LSPs in their search for a suitable collaboration structure is developed based on distinguishing cooperation characteristics encountered in practice. The third contribution consists of a description of the typical life cycle of a partnership and how it can be managed over time. Partnerships are presented as a means for LSPs to cope with increasingly difficult market conditions. In addition, they offer positive side effects for society and the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-248
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Cooperation life cycle
  • Framework
  • Horizontal partnerships
  • Logistic service providers
  • LSPs
  • Supply chain collaboration


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