“Internationalization” as a prospect and challenge has been the focus of the discussions on port authority strategies during the 11th Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) that met in Marseilles, France on Tuesday, 2 July 2013.
PortEconomics member Michael Dooms and associate nembers Larissa van der Lugt and Francesco Parola presented to PPRN members the themes of a research agenda on port authorities strategies focusing, among others, on the following key themes:
- What does a port authority strategy look like?
- How does a port authority define strategy (-ies)?
- Why does a port authority define strategy (-ies)?
- What strategy (ies) seem(s) logical and why?
Following a lively discussion and exchange of ideas, PPRN members are expected to work further on the theme and present research output at the forthcoming conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) to be held in Norfolk Virginia in 2014.
You might download the presentation by Michael, Larissa and Francesco @ PortEconomics.
PPRN is an informal network of maritime economists interested in issues of port policy management and economics that was established at the IAME 2001 meeting in Hong Kong to undertake empirical testing of port governance, and is currently coordinated by the members of the PortEconomics team Mary R. Brooks and Thanos A. Pallis.
Since then, PPRN has met ten times, and its members produced a summary report of port governance structures and port developments in 14 countries. The outcome of the first phase of PPRN activities was published in: Brooks M.R. and Cullinane K. (Eds), (2007). Devolution, Port Governance and Port Performance. London: Elsevier.
Research from the second phase of findings will be published by Elsevier’s Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM) in a special issue on “Port perormance and Stategy’, co-edited by Mary Brooks and Thanos Pallis, and due to publication in December 2013.