SME approach to road transportation risk management: evidence from Nigeria

Ibrahim Labaran Ali, Abigail Hird, Muhammad Tanko, Robert Ian Whitfield

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Abstract

The main objective of this study is to investigate how SMEs manage freight transport risk. This study builds on the argument from the contingent resources-based view that, for sustainable competitive advantage, SMEs need to develop capabilities to manage road freight transport risk. These capabilities, consistent with the contingent resource-based view, are approaches in managing road freight transport risk which needs to be lots of unique skills, knowledge and other resources that are commensurate to both the size and the supply chain environment of the SME. To achieve the objective of this study, it is deemed necessary to carry out this research through the lens of SMEs. In doing so, this study adopts a qualitative approach to gain a deeper understanding of SMEs’ approach to managing road freight transport risk. Data were collected through interviews from four case companies that were selected using a convenient and purposive sampling strategy. Findings indicated that the sampled SMEs have developed capabilities for managing road transport-related risk. While some of the risk management strategies such as internal control, driver’s orientation and partnering with police are common among sampled SMEs, collaboration with partners, specifically with those along transport route, is unique to only one of the SMEs. This study contributes to both the literature and practice of supply chain risk management as it relates to road transportation risk management by being among the few studies that have investigated freight transport risk from an SME perspective.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationWIT Transactions on The Built Environment
EditorsF.A. Ortega Riejos
Place of PublicationSouthampton
Pages39-47
Number of pages9
Volume182
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2019
Event24th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment: Urban Transport 2018 - Hotel Meliá Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Duration: 19 Sep 201821 Sep 2018
https://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2018/urban-transport-2018

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment
CountrySpain
CitySeville
Period19/09/1821/09/18
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Risk management
risk management
Nigeria
road
evidence
resources
supply
Supply chain management
Law enforcement
Supply chains
Lenses
police
driver
Sampling
interview
Industry

Keywords

  • road transportation
  • supply chain and logistics
  • contingent resource-based view
  • SME
  • risk management

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Ali, I. L., Hird, A., Tanko, M., & Whitfield, R. I. (2019). SME approach to road transportation risk management: evidence from Nigeria. In F. A. Ortega Riejos (Ed.), WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (Vol. 182, pp. 39-47). Southampton. https://doi.org/10.2495/UT180041
Ali, Ibrahim Labaran ; Hird, Abigail ; Tanko, Muhammad ; Whitfield, Robert Ian. / SME approach to road transportation risk management : evidence from Nigeria. WIT Transactions on The Built Environment. editor / F.A. Ortega Riejos. Vol. 182 Southampton, 2019. pp. 39-47
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Ali, IL, Hird, A, Tanko, M & Whitfield, RI 2019, SME approach to road transportation risk management: evidence from Nigeria. in FA Ortega Riejos (ed.), WIT Transactions on The Built Environment. vol. 182, Southampton, pp. 39-47, 24th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment, Seville, Spain, 19/09/18. https://doi.org/10.2495/UT180041

SME approach to road transportation risk management : evidence from Nigeria. / Ali, Ibrahim Labaran; Hird, Abigail; Tanko, Muhammad; Whitfield, Robert Ian.

WIT Transactions on The Built Environment. ed. / F.A. Ortega Riejos. Vol. 182 Southampton, 2019. p. 39-47.

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Ali IL, Hird A, Tanko M, Whitfield RI. SME approach to road transportation risk management: evidence from Nigeria. In Ortega Riejos FA, editor, WIT Transactions on The Built Environment. Vol. 182. Southampton. 2019. p. 39-47 https://doi.org/10.2495/UT180041