Business models for development of international maritime centre
Zhang, W and Lam, j and Li, KX, Business models for development of international maritime centre, Proceedings of the IAME 2013 Conference, 3-5 July 2013, Marseille, France, pp. 1-22. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]
Maritime centre is regarded as the clustering of various maritime sectors, with the ability to
maximize the competitive advantages of the constituent maritime sectors in a country or city.
As maritime centre is not a fixed or stable concept, our research firstly aims to find out the
corresponding mechanisms for maritime centre evolution. The dynamic mechanisms are
originated from diverse modes of regional economic development, in the perspectives of
factors, such as economic status and trade pattern. More importantly, the study analyses the
internal environment and aims to propose business models which are suitable for each mode
of maritime centre development, namely the maritime production centre, maritime service
centre and all-in-one maritime centre. Business models are formulated by policies and
strategies as well as their mappings in order to achieve competitive advantages of the
maritime centre. Empirical case studies will be presented for each mode of maritime centre.
This paper takes a further step beyond the existing literature of maritime centre development.
Instead of taking centre itself as a study object, the research analyses both the external
economic society and internal environment of a maritime centre as a system. From external
environment, the study analyses the regional economic mechanism and development modes
that promote the dynamic maritime centres. In terms of internal environment, this study
provides practical recommendations on how maritime centres should be developed. It also
provides policy makers of maritime centres with a systematic plan and mapping, en route to
higher value-add maritime centre.