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Logistics Innovation in China: The Lens of Chinese Daoism

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ, UK
International Business School Suzhou, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou 215123, China
School of Economics and Management, Minjiang University, Fuzhou 350108, China
Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 545;
Received: 1 November 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 17 January 2019 / Published: 21 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmentally Sustainable Third Party Logistics)
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Innovation is vital for the logistics industry. This paper develops a Daoism-based conceptual model for logistics innovation in China. It identifies research gaps in this area and provides directions for future research. Following a content-based literature review methodology, 45 studies were selected. We identified five research themes: interpretation of logistics innovation; Chinese institutional environment for logistics innovation; innovation generation; innovation adoption; and innovation capability. We integrate the process view and outcome view of logistics innovation and propose that logistics capability, as an innovation outcome, is reflected and measured by innovation generation and adoption. This study is probably one of the first conceptual development papers on logistics innovation in China, providing a model for innovation within this context. It provides new avenues of research in this emerging, albeit important, area of research. Our conceptual framework utilizes Chinese Daoism philosophical thinking to provide a new lens for logistics innovation that is sensitive to the cultural environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: logistics innovation; China; conceptual development; innovation capability; Daoism logistics innovation; China; conceptual development; innovation capability; Daoism

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Gong, Y.; Chen, L.; Jia, F.; Wilding, R. Logistics Innovation in China: The Lens of Chinese Daoism. Sustainability 2019, 11, 545.

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