A Bibliometric Analysis of Research on 4PL

This article presents a bibliometric analysis of research on fourth-party logistics (4PL) providers, who are often contracted to provide logistics auditing and consulting. The authors provide a systematic assessment of the literature on 4PL, then propose and discuss the structure of this topic and offer recommendations for further study. Both the academic literature and the business press are included in the literature review. They categorize most publications based on three main themes: justifications of outsourcing logistics activities; 4PL’s operations and roles in the supply chain; and optimization of 4PL’s activities. The authors suggest that 4PLs can be considered as human capital-intensive firms, that are experts in complex task solving, and are key partners with economic power that ought to be regulated in the global supply chain.

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  • Authors:
    • Saglietto, Laurence
    • Cezanne, Cecile
  • Publication Date: 2015-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01605111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2016 2:29PM