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Analysis of liner operators' competitiveness: Methodological issues and framework


Fanam, PD and Nguyen, H-O and Cahoon, SC, Analysis of liner operators' competitiveness: Methodological issues and framework, The Role of Maritime Clusters and Innovation in Shaping Future Global Trade: Proceedings of the IAME 2015 conference, 23-26 August, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 1-25. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Despite the fact that the liner shipping sector has been facing an increasing concentration level, competition remains high and shipping lines have to constantly strive for their competitiveness. The main focus of this study is on the methodological issues in analysis of shipping lines’ competitiveness especially from the freight forwarders’ perspective. A system review of the literature is conducted in three stages to identify the key factors influential to the competitiveness of liner shipping companies. Initial search has found 897 studies, which were then reduced to 39 after further scanning and review. The systematic review has identified fifteen key factors influential to liner shipping competitiveness. For example, among the most frequently cited factors are the freight rate, service quality, scheduling, handling equipment and information technology. Based on the findings from the systematic literature review, a conceptual framework to identify the main determinants of liner operators is developed, and implications for future research are also discussed.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Liner operators; shippers; freight forwarders; carrier selection; carrier competitiveness; container supply chain
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Other transport
Objective Field:Other transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fanam, PD (Dr Peter Fanam)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H-O (Associate Professor Oanh Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, SC (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
ID Code:104297
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2015-11-08
Last Modified:2016-08-04

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