The role of geographic specificity of logistics for e-commerce companies' Inter-firm integration : A case study of Alibaba

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2015: Urban Transport Analytics
PublisherHong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Limited
Pages485-491
ISBN (Print)9789881581440
StatePublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

Conference

Title20th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Urban Transport Analytics (HKSTS 2015)
LocationInterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
PlaceChina
CityHong Kong
Period12 - 14 December 2015

Abstract

Inter-firm integration is becoming prevalent in current e-commerce and logistics industry. However, less is known about the underlying role of geography in these inter-firm integration cases. Grounding transaction cost framework on the geography of logistics, this paper attempts to contextually examine the geographic specificity of logistics for e-commerce with a qualitative case study of Alibaba, China. Empirical results show that logistics specificity for e-commerce is embedded in logistics network and related geographic knowledge to organize physical logistics. The multi-scale characteristics of logistics specificity are unfolded across the space and time dimension. The changing logistics specificity shows the evolution of e-commerce.

Research Area(s)

  • E-commerce, Inter-firm integration, Logistics, Specificity

Citation Format(s)

The role of geographic specificity of logistics for e-commerce companies' Inter-firm integration : A case study of Alibaba. / Xiao, Zuopeng; Wang, James J.; Lenzer, James H.

Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2015: Urban Transport Analytics. Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Limited, 2015. p. 485-491.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review