This paper first explores the motives and drivers that Logistic Service Providers (LSPs) may feel to start up horizontal cooperation. Secondly, a classification supporting LSPs in their search for a suitable collaboration structure is developed based on distinguishing cooperation characteristics encountered in practice. The third contribution consists of a description of the typical life cycle of a partnership and how it can be managed over time. Partnerships are presented as a means for LSPs to cope with increasingly difficult market conditions. In addition, they offer positive side effects for society and the environment.

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Keywords Cooperation life cycle, Framework, Horizontal partnerships, LSPs, Logistic service providers, Supply chain collaboration
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Series ERIM Article Series (EAS)
Journal International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Verstrepen, S, Cools, M.L, Cruijssen, F, & Dullaert, W. (2009). A dynamic framework for managing horizontal cooperation in logistics. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 5(3-4), 228–248. doi:10.1504/IJLSM.2009.022497