Laurence SAGLIETTO, 
University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France 

Cécile CEZANNE, 
University of Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité, France (CEPN - CNRS) 


 Proposals Submission Deadline: November 10, 2015 
Full Chapters Due: March 15, 2016 
Submission Date: June 15, 2016 


 Intermediation is an old concept whose origins date back to the very
first business relations between agents. Actually, at any time, these
relations develop intermediation activities all over the world. The
intermediary partners have always had important roles due to their
strategic place in the management of physical and/or informational
Over centuries, the multiplication and the intensification of exchanges
but also industrial restructurations caused by a vast mouvement of
globalisation have contributed to make intermediaries indispensable and
more and more specialised. By interfering in the traditional
transactional processes, they have affected interentreprises
organizational forms. They have aquired a central role in organizational
strcutures which are more and more reticular. 
Intermediaries are at the core of economic and social dynamics, whatever
their denomination and their status: traveling salesmen, wholesalers,
3PL/4PL (Third/Fourth Party Logistics Provider), brokers, freight
forwarders, customs agents, pivot/hub, GDS (Global Distribution System),
GIS (Global Information System), transactional centers, Informational
platforms, info-mediators, e-intermediaries, offshore middlemen,
offshore intermediaries, market-making, boundary spanning… These
intermediaries are considered in the literature as offering more and
more specialized solutions which generate value for their clients. As
service providers, they represent key actors for the strategies and the
decision-making processes of enterprises and states. We call them "New
Logistics Services Providers" (NLSP) because they contribute to the
advances in Logistics, Operations, and Management Science. 
Intermediaries have common characteristics and close strategic
objectives so that intermediation has progressively evolved from a
function to an autonomous sector. Intermediaries aim at creating value
for themselves and for their clients while maintaining their economic
power. For example, they search for minimizing transaction costs
supported by their clients but also spend most of their time developing
specifc services for them. Research on new party logistics is
traditionaly focused on the study of the firm-pivot function, consulting
in physical and informational flows management, the development of
dedicated software, the interorganizational system structuring, their
concentration… However, further lines of research should be explored to
deeply understand new logistics service providers and their role of
global intermediation: how transactions are organized with them? How is
the intermediation sector structured? What are the essence and the
nature of intermediaries power within their network? What are the
consequences of a strong economic and multilateral dependance on
interenterprise relationships? What are the key elements of the new
logistics service providers' competitive advantage? Etc.


 The objective of this book is to provide an advanced analysis of a
critical dimension of industrial organization - the intermediation and
the service provision based on a transdisciplinary approach (economics
of the firm, finance, management strategy, marketing, logistics,
sociology…). This book offers a broad overview of the major works on the
field and advances innovative research directions, building on different
methods of research (theoretical models, case studies, empirical
evidence and testimonials, historical analysis…). 
Intermediation is a very old but very interesting phenomenom on which
organisational success depends to a large extent. However,
intermediation is a complex and multifaced subject which is under
documented in the literature as it is difficult to grasp. The objective
of this book is to bring together research fellows from academia and
professional practitioners from industry to enlighten the latest topics
of interest based on long lasting collaborations. In this perspective,
the book would serve as a reference for academic researchers and
students in economics and management and also as a valuable resource for
managers, consultants and practitioners seeking up-to-date research on
intermediation and new service providers.


 The target audience for this book is very large. It includes academic
researchers, teachers, advanced students and PhD students in various
disciplines like economics, business and management, engineering and
computer science… It could be an essential support for fellowship
programs in operational research, organizational research and/or
historical theses. This book is also intended for managers, consultants,
practitioners who are experts in economics, management or in other
social and applied sciences to build decision support systems.


 Recommended topics include but are not limited to: 
* Surveys on global intermediation and service providers as key
intermediaries within industrial organization (historical, economic,
public policy, logistics… perspectives); 
* Domains, concepts and experiences in intermediation and new logistics
services providers 
* Typology of intermediaries and classification of service provision; 
* Sectorial analysis of global intermediation; 
* Intermediary remuneration in differentiated markets; 
* Corporate social responsibility of intermediaries; 
* The roles of intermediaries in sectoral innovation systems in Europe; 
* The impact of intermediaries on innovation performance in the public
and the private sectors; 
* The impact of intermediaries on performance of small- and medium-sized
enterprises and of large firms; 
* Technology intermediaries and regional innovation performance; 
* Relationships between intermediaries and other stakeholders; 
* Logistics service providers and Supply Chain Management ; 
* Global intermediation applied to networks analysis… 
Both theoretical and applied approaches but also mono and
multi-disciplinary analyses related to these topics are welcomed.
Although, the preferred structure of the chapters implies that there
will be more empirical research, case studies and evidence from business
practice. Only original scientific results will be accepted.


 Authors are invited to submit a 2-3 pages chapter proposal clearly
explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter by
NOVEMBER 10, 2015. 
Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by JANUARY 15, 2015 about
the status of their proposals and will receive chapter guidelines. 
Full chapters are expected to be submitted by MARCH 15, 2016. All
submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind basis.
Contributors may also be requested to be engaged as reviewers for this

Important Dates 

 * NOVEMBER 10, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline 
* JANUARY 15, 2016: Notification of Acceptance 
* MARCH 15, 2016: Full Chapter Submission 
* MAY 15, 2016: Review Results Returned 
* JUNE 15, 2016: Revised Chapter Submission 
* JULY 1, 2016: Final Acceptance Notification 
* JULY 5, 2016: Submission of Final Chapters 


 Laurence Saglietto 
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Cécile Cézanne 
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Laurence Saglietto
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Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis

IAE de Nice - Campus Saint Jean d'Angely 
24 av des diables Bleus, 06300 Nice - France

Laboratoire GREDEG UMR CNRS (7321)
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