The research landscape around the physical Internet – A bibliometric analysis

Münch C, Wehrle M, Meyer T, Hartmann E (2023)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2023


Book Volume: 62

Pages Range: 2015-2033

Journal Issue: 6

DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2023.2205969


The concept of the Physical Internet (PI) has been introduced as a vision for globally efficient and sustainable logistics. Examining the activities of the PI since its foundation, enormous efforts can be recognised in the political and business spheres. Furthermore, the topic has received considerable attention from logistics and supply chain management scientists. In this context, a wide variety of dimensions of the PI concept has been investigated. In contrast to some existing qualitative literature reviews, this study focuses on a quantitative review methodology to provide a holistic overview of the PI concept and its underlying dimensions and interrelations. Based on bibliometric performance analysis and science mapping, this research maps and connects the extant PI literature landscape. In doing so, the most important journals, researchers, and institutions in the PI field are identified. Furthermore, eight research topics are grouped thematically, including PI benefits and the challenge of its operationalisation, carriers and shippers in the PI network, PI foundations, smart product-service systems and services, hyperconnected city logistics, information and communication technology requirements, modular PI containers, and organisation and control of PI hubs. Based on the clustering of existing research, the study concludes by providing directions for future research.

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Münch, C., Wehrle, M., Meyer, T., & Hartmann, E. (2023). The research landscape around the physical Internet – A bibliometric analysis. International Journal of Production Research, 62(6), 2015-2033.


Münch, Christopher, et al. "The research landscape around the physical Internet – A bibliometric analysis." International Journal of Production Research 62.6 (2023): 2015-2033.

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