The expanding sample of collaboration activities developed by port management entities with non-proximate ports, or other commercial entities and institutions is examined in the latest port study of PortEconomics member Thanos Pallis along with Evie Kladaki. Τhe study presented in presented at the annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME 2016) held in Hamburg, Germany.
The focus is on a number cases where such collaboration is formed beyond the notion of proximity, that is to say, on cross-border and, in several cases, cross-continental inter-organisational relationships.
Thanos and Evi develop and analyse a data-set of respective practices involving European Port Authorities (PAs). This dataset is used to explore the typology of these strategies (i.e. the objectives, structures, variations, and geography of them) as well as to examine in which aspects they match existing strategic management understandings of ‘Why’ and ‘How’ such inter-organisation relations develop between firms.
The findings provide a base to further explore the rationale for these moves and the implications that they (will) have for strategic port management.