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Non-price competition in the port sector: A case study of ports in Turkey


Esmer, S and Nguyen, H-O and Bandara, YM and Yeni, K, Non-price competition in the port sector: A case study of ports in Turkey, Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, 32, (1) pp. 3-11. ISSN 2092-5212 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ajsl.2016.03.001


Although the port sector has been facing increasing competition, there is limited research on how ports compete using non-price competition strategies. There are a few studies on non-price competition in the port sector. However they mainly focus on the marketing aspect. This paper seeks to fill this gap in the literature, especially from a combined marketing-economic perspective. Especially the paper's main objective is to identify the determinants of non-price competition in the port sector and evaluate their effect on various aspects of non-price competition. We start with a general conceptual framework to explain how competition in the sector can be affected by various factors and then propose an analytical framework on non-price competition. The analytical model is then used to support the design of a survey questionnaire. Next, hypothesis tests are conducted using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM) and data collected from a survey of Turkish ports. Based on the analysis results, the implications for port management and future research are also discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:non-price competition, port services, SEM, Turkish ports, port competition, marketing, maritime transport, Turkey
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:Nguyen, H-O (Associate Professor Oanh Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Bandara, YM (Mr Mahinda Bandara)
ID Code:112220
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2016-10-31
Last Modified:2017-10-20

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