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[Throughout the 1990s, cost efficiency was the leading principle that guided firms’ decisions about how to source, produce, and distribute their goods and services (Christopher & Peck 2004:2; also see Tang & Tomlin 2008:12; Lee 2004:102; CLSCM 2002:3). To take advantage of national and local...
[The term ‘‘logistics” refers to the flow of objects in time and space, predominantly to the flow of goods and information in a business context (see Section B.II.1). Logistics systems can be defined as the structures and processes that serve the purpose of transforming objects in time and space...
[The understanding of interfirm networks in this thesis is based on Provan & Kenis’s (2008:231) definition of interorganizational networks, which they define as “groups of three or more legally autonomous organizations that work together to achieve not only their own goals but also a collective...
[Today’s understanding of ‘‘cloud computing” follows Mell & Grance’s (2011:2) definition (see Chapter D.II): ‘‘a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services)...
[The term ‘‘cloud logistics” has recently emerged in the academic literature of IT and logistics, in more practice-oriented industry magazines, and in practice itself. However, the meaning of the term ‘‘cloud logistics” is unclear. Academics and practitioners use the term inconsistently to refer...
[Fundamental concepts relevant to our research objective include (1) architectures, (2) reference architectures, (3) (reference) architecture descriptions, (4) stakeholders, and (5) stakeholder concerns.]
[The term ‘‘cloud logistics” has emerged recently in academia and practice. This term combines the terms ‘‘cloud computing” and ‘‘logistics,” and inherits and blends their meanings, which obscures the resulting meaning(s). In this context, this thesis’ contribution is twofold.]
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