Horizontal logistics collaboration: an exploratory study in Morocco’s agri-food supply chains

Ismail Badraoui, Jack G.A.J. Van der Vorst, Youssef Boulaksil

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Horizontal logistics collaboration (HLC) practices have gained much attention in recent years as innovative ways for companies to improve their performance. However, literature does not reveal which factors influence the success or failure of HLC, especially in agri-food supply chains (AFSCs) in developing countries. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate HLC in the context of AFSCs in Morocco as a case of a developing country. First, a literature review is performed to develop a conceptual model for HLC considering AFSCs characteristics. Then, in-depth case studies are conducted in Morocco to refine the conceptual model based on insights from real collaboration experiences. The results show that collaboration outcomes are influenced by operational collaborative activities through the mediation of relational elements. The operational collaborative activities are impacted by AFSCs’ characteristics, such as products specific handling conditions. Furthermore, the research shows that local cultural factors influence the development of trust in the relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Horizontal logistics collaboration
  • Morocco
  • agri-food supply chains
  • collaboration enablers
  • conceptual model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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