Integrated logistics development for sustainability and competitiveness
|Coordinator||Göteborgs Universitet - Företagsekonomiska institutionen|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 9 900 000|
|Project duration||September 2008 - December 2012|
Purpose and goal
The aim of the project is to study operational efficiency and environmental sustainability within the transportation and logistics system. The project focuses on the inter-organisational boundaries and how new types of collaborative arrangements create new business opportunities and remove obstacles concerning sustainability and competiveness. The project is divided into five focal areas that all contribute to reach the overarching aim: (1) Environmental framework conditions, (2) Efficient logistics and transportation solutions, (3) Operational transportation efficiency, (4) The demand requirements of transportation buyers, (5) Changed actor roles in logistics networks increased sustainability through collaboration.
Results and expected effects
The aim is that the transportation and logistics sector will be able to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide. The knowledge developed in the project shall contribute to this change without negative effects on the economic efficiency and the competiveness of the Swedish industry. Rather, the research aims at contributing to these changes so that they can be turned into business opportunities.
Approach and implementation
The project is part of a larger effort in the area of sustainable logistics, which is jointly carried out by the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. In this way, the project contributes to linking the central research groups of Northern LEAD, a newly started competence centre within the logistics area. Five to six doctoral students will be involved in the project. Research by senior researchers and supervision will be carried out across the focal areas and in close collaboration between the two universities. The project is carried out in close collaboration with industry and the public sector, partly through an industrial doctoral student employed by Schenker, and partly by the research work that will be conducted together with the involved firms and organisations.