Title page for ETD etd-06062008-164856

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bienstock, Carol C
URN etd-06062008-164856
Title The effect of outsourcing and situational characteristics on physical distribution transportation efficiency
Degree PhD
Department Accounting and Information Systems
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mentzer, John T. Committee Chair
Brown, James R. Committee Member
Clayton, Edward R. Committee Member
Keith, Janet E. Committee Member
Rakes, Terry R. Committee Member
  • Trucking
Date of Defense 1994-10-06
Availability unrestricted
This research examined the outsourcing decision for the logistics function of motor carrier transportation. A full factorial design was executed on a simulated transportation network to investigate how the efficiency of motor carrier transportation was affected by how it was structured (private/leased fleet versus contract carrier transportation) and the characteristics of the transportation activities. Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA) offered a useful theoretical framework for consideration of this make or buy decision by suggesting the independent variables of asset specificity, uncertainty, and frequency/volume.

Seven two-part research hypotheses examined the relationships among the independent variables to gain a greater understanding of the factors which drive the make versus buy decision for motor carrier transportation.

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