Defining and measuring communication flexibility for smart logistics.
The primary aim of this project is to develop and validate the concept of communication flexibility enabled by information and communication technologies (ICT) in the context of logistics.
The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded First Grant project looks at inter-organisational linkages, intra-organisational linkages and multi-modal informational linkages in order to investigate and consolidate key emerging technologies in the logistics field. These include real time tracking technologies using Global Positioning System (GPS) and RFID, and electronic logistics marketplaces based on cloud computing solutions.
Used separately or in combination these technologies will facilitate inter-organisational communication at different levels. The key output of this investigation will be a method for assessing and measuring communication flexibility, allowing organizations to determine the costs and benefits of investing in ICT infrastructure vis-à-vis logistics performance in terms of cost, efficiency, responsiveness and carbon emissions.
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Recent open access papers (under CC-BY license)
- Han, J., Wang, Y. and Naim, M. 2017. Reconceptualization of information technology flexibility for supply chain management: an empirical study. International Journal of Production Economics 187, pp. 196-215. (10.1016/j.ijpe.2017.02.018)
- Harris, I., Wang, Y. and Wang, H. 2015. ICT in multimodal transport and technological trends: unleashing potential for the future. International Journal of Production Economics 159, pp. 88-103. (10.1016/j.ijpe.2014.09.005)
- Wang, Y., Sanchez Rodrigues, V. A. and Evans, L. 2015. The use of ICT in road freight transport for CO2 reduction - an exploratory study of UK’s grocery retail industry. International Journal of Logistics Management 26(1), pp. 2-29. (10.1108/IJLM-02-2013-0021)
- 'E-Logistics - Managing Your Digital Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage', Authors: Drs Yingli Wang and Stephen Petit
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