Logistic services in the Caribbean region: An analysis of collaboration, innovation capabilities and process improvement

Alex J. Ruiz-Torres*, Guillermo Cardoza, Markku Kuula, Yuritza Oliver, Henry Rosa-Polanco

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to study the relationships between the capabilities and performance characteristics of logistic service providers (LSPs) in the Caribbean region. The study considers the organization’s process improvement (PI) performance as it relates to their innovation capabilities, their efforts into information sharing and collaboration with customers, their planning for contingencies and considering the uncertainty of their customer’s technology. Design/methodology/approach: A survey was applied to 88 LSP firms with operations in the Caribbean region. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the hypothesized relationships. Findings: The results indicate that the PI performance of LSPs is significantly related to their innovation capabilities, and that these capabilities are positively related to collaboration and exchange of relevant information. Furthermore, they indicate that information sharing between LSPs and their customers significantly improves the quality of contingency planning. However, the study showed that innovation capabilities are not directly related to the LSPs’ focus on contingency planning and that customers’ technology uncertainty does not have a significant effect on the LSPs’ innovation capabilities. Research limitations/implications: The sample of LSP firms is limited to three countries of the Caribbean region. Further examination of the model in additional countries and across multiple industrial contexts would increase the validity of the findings and expand to settings such as manufacturing and services. Originality/value: This study measures operational performance of LSPs from a different perspective: its PI performance, and considers how multiple factors affect this performance.

Translated title of the contributionLogistic services in the Caribbean region: An analysis of collaboration, innovation capabilities and process improvement
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)534-552
Number of pages19
JournalAcademia: Revista Latinoamericana de Administracion
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Caribbean region
  • Contingency planning
  • Innovation
  • Latin America
  • Logistics service providers
  • Process improvement
  • Supply chain management
  • Uncertainty

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