Logistics learning mechanisms and capabilities: towards an understanding of sustainable competitive advantage
First online: 04.06.2010
Cite this article as: Sandberg, E. & Åman, P. Logist. Res. (2010) 2: 97. doi:10.1007/s12159-010-0029-2
This study explores the relationship between logistics capabilities and sustainable competitive advantage by using the notion of learning mechanisms. It is argued that a set of processes of learning mechanisms may serve as a source of dynamic capabilities that create, develop and maintain logistics capabilities in their role as source of a company’s sustainable competitive advantage. The learning mechanisms, in the form of experience accumulation, knowledge articulation and codification, are identified in two best-practice companies within logistics. Results imply that the origin of the sustainability of a logistics-based company’s competitive advantage may be found in the dynamics of organisational learning, ultimately based on trial and error and experience accumulation. As such, the research elaborates on the connection between logistics capabilities and strategic competitive advantage, with learning as mediating dynamic capability.
Operational capabilities Dynamic capabilities Learning Knowledge management