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A cross-country study of competitiveness of the shipping industry


Lee, CB and Wan, J and Shi, W and Li, K, A cross-country study of competitiveness of the shipping industry, Transport Policy, 35 pp. 366-376. ISSN 0967-070X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2014.04.010


For the last 50 years, international trade has been increased in both volume and speed, which has in turn brought about ever-increasing competition among major maritime nations and required a corresponding shipping policy. This study is to identify and weight the factors influencing a country’s shipping competitiveness and shipping policy. According to the results of questionnaires and Delphi method, 24 factors have been chosen from a practical perspective while weights of factors are determined by the application of analytic hierarchy process (AHP) from a theoretical perspective. Then, on the basis of factors and their weights, a shipping competitiveness index (SCI) is constructed to quantitatively measure and rank the main maritime countries. In addition, the results of cluster analysis, based on each country’s present and potential competitiveness, provide some implications and policy suggestion for each group of nations with similar background and development conditions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Shipping competitiveness; Analytic hierarchy process; Cluster analysis; Shipping competitiveness index
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:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:Logistics
UTAS Author:Shi, W (Dr Wenming Shi)
ID Code:112457
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:36
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2016-11-11
Last Modified:2017-05-15

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