Logistics, Information Technology, and Retail Internationalisation: The Formation of International Strategic Retail Networks

Logistics, Information Technology, and Retail Internationalisation: The Formation of International Strategic Retail Networks

Constatine A. Bourlakis (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece) and Michael A. Bourlakis (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-033-2.ch015
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Abstract

In the present work we suggest the notion of the strategic information technology competitive advantage and its potential strategic impact upon a retailer’s organisational supply chain coordination. The existence of a logistics strategy and an information technology strategy constitute two functions that offer the platform for retail firms to “internalise” the effective management of the supply chain by converting it to a coordination competitive advantage. The latter depends upon the ability of the retail firms to transform a logistics strategy and an information technology strategy into what the authors call strategic logistics and strategic information technology. We also argue that logistics and information technology can assist a retailer to form a “logistics network” with third-party firms in the supply chain, with the aim to capture and to protect to the full the differential returns generated via the internalisation of the supply chain activities. The coordination competitive advantage owned by the retailer enhances retail change in domestic and in international markets, as the retailer enters foreign markets via a similar network of third party and its own account logistics operations, giving rise to new retail organisation schemes, such as the international strategic retail network.

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Acknowledgments
Luiz Antonio Joia
Chapter 1
David W. Birchall, George Tovstiga
Organisations, whether within knowledge-intensive high technology sectors or in more traditional manufacturing and utility industries, are... Sample PDF
Information Systems Requirements in Support of the Firm's Portfolio of Knowledge-Driven Capabilities
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Mingfang Li
Competitive strategies remain a central topic of research in strategic management. Recent conceptual developments and practices reveal possible... Sample PDF
Competitive Strategies and Global Management: Linking with Technology
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V. K. Narayanan, Mari W. Buche, Benedict Kemmerer
The new competitive landscape of the 21st century is forcing organizations to move away from traditional conceptualizations of strategy formulation... Sample PDF
From Strategic Management to Strategic Experimentation: The Convergence of IT, Knowledge Management, and Strategy
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Theodorou Petros
Certain contingencies of business environment raise the importance of alignment in the explanation of tactics with strategic implications. Alignment... Sample PDF
Strategic Information Systems: The Concept of Alignment
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Bernd Carsten Stahl
The purpose of this paper is to analyse the relationship between management, responsibility and information technology. It is shown that there are... Sample PDF
Managerial Responsibility and IT: How Does the Use of Information Technology Change the Way Managers Have to Think and Realize Responsibility?
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Michel J. Leseure, Naomi J. Brookes
This chapter presents IT solutions supporting knowledge management initiatives within project organizations. The first section describes the... Sample PDF
IT-Based Project Knowledge Management
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Marjorie A. Jerrard, Ting Yee Chang
The phenomenon of projectized teams operating via teleworking and moving towards the virtual mode of operation is explored. The major developments... Sample PDF
A Case Study of How Technology and Trust Enable the Projectized Team-Based Organization
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James McCalman
This chapter examines the impact of technology on facilities management. By focusing attention on the needs of the “corporate nomad,” individuals... Sample PDF
What Can We Do for Corporate Nomads? IT and Facilities Management
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Reuven R. Levary, Fred Niederman
Virtual organizations are characterized and various types of virtual organizations are described. Factors contributing to the success of virtual... Sample PDF
Managing the Virtual Corporation Using IT
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Luiz Antonio Joia
Around the world complex enterprises are being undertaken in distributed and even virtual environments. Processes, services, infrastructure and so... Sample PDF
An IT-Based Heuristic Model for Enterprise Engineering
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Herbert Kotzab, Peter Schnedlitz, Kerstin Neumayer
The chapter describes the consequences of the use of IT in the field of retailing. We will discuss the area at matter beyond the perspective of... Sample PDF
Contemporary IT-Assisted Retail Management
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Marcel Cohen
This chapter examines the impact that IT has had on retailing under two headings–evolutionary and revolutionary changes. The evolutionary changes... Sample PDF
Evolution and Revolution of Retailing through IT
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Xianzhong Mark Xu, Yanqing Duan, Yu Li
This chapter examines the applications of information systems in supporting marketing operational and strategic functions. It reviews the important... Sample PDF
IT-Enabled Strategic Marketing Management
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Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, Douglas Wood
Technological innovation in general and information technology (IT) applications in particular have had a major effect in banking and finance.... Sample PDF
Diffusion of Information Technology Innovations within Retail Banking: An Historical Review
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Constatine A. Bourlakis, Michael A. Bourlakis
In the present work we suggest the notion of the strategic information technology competitive advantage and its potential strategic impact upon a... Sample PDF
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Managing Data Quality in Accounting Information Systems
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