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October 29th, 2020
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Brand strategy is a fundamental part of corporate strategy and constitutes a key condition for companies operating in international B2B contexts, to effectively manage relations with customers, stakeholders and shareholders. Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are drivers of change in both brand architecture and brand portfolio strategies pursued by B2B companies. The latest port study of PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom, Giovanni Satta and Francesco Parola, aims at investigating brand architecture and brand portfolio...
October 21st, 2020
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The latest book chapter of PortEconomomics members Gordon Wilmsmeier and Jason Monios aims to revisit in the context of more recent work in the field the work of Cullinane and Wilmsmeier (2011) on the contribution of the dry port concept to the extension of the port life cycle. This extension relied on the use of vertically integrated corridors between the port and the dry port to move containers quickly and smoothly from the port to the hinterland for processing and stripping. The study brings another layer to this...
October 19th, 2020
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Despite a rise in global attention to port managers’ actions on climate change, hitherto, they still face considerable challenges in reaching collective agreements on proactive policies and hands-on actions. Considering the influence of port as the middle- man of global trade and development, the study of PortEconomics member Adolf Ng co-authored by Roozbeh Panahi and Jiayi Pang (University of Manitoba, Canada) undertakes semantic and geographic coverage analysis of major articles on port climate change adaptation to shed light on...
October 14th, 2020
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The latest port study of PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue looks at an intermediate scale of analysis for maritime transportation; the maritime range. Maritime ranges are bounded regions where a set of ports are either in competition, complementary, sharing a common regulatory regime, or having some fundamental geographical commonality. This scale is mostly missing from the research about the structure and organization of maritime transportation focusing on either the port or on the shipping network. The study- which has been published...
October 12th, 2020
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The latest port study of PortEconomics members Francesco Parola, Giovanni Satta and Theo Notteboom along with Luca Persico (University of Genoa) contribute to the extant debate on port planning and development by analysing current approaches and challenges for academics and port authorities with respect to traffic forecasting. The authors, first, examine how academics approach traffic forecasting in ports based on an extensive literature review. Next, using a sample of 28 core ports in the European Union, provide empirical evidence...
October 7th, 2020
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Chinese state-owned companies have directed large amounts of expertise and resources to African ports, not only to deliver benefits to the investing parties but also to contribute to a more effective and efficient African port industry. Over the past decades, China’s direct investment in Africa expanded significantly and became more diversified. The increased involvement of Chinese interests in Africa has intensified the debate on the benefits, modes, and risks linked to these investments. The latest port study of PortEconomics member...
September 10th, 2020
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Cruise shipping supply chains have unique characteristics where product and service providers accommodate stringent requirements related to the nature of the cruise product. Since cruise ships are floating resorts that must be resupplied during their short port rotations, they require customized procurement practices. The sustainability of such practices is investigated by PortEconomics members Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Grace Wang, through the lenses of contract dynamics among actors, including sourcing patterns, consumption patterns, pricing,...
September 7th, 2020
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Despite early cartographical and graph-theoretical analyses of maritime flows in the 1940s and 1960s, it is only from the 2000s onwards that maritime network analysis had grown apace, backed by newly available shipping data, increased computational power, and renewed conceptual frameworks to study networks in general. The evolution of maritime network analysis, in geography and other sciences, is marked by a wide diversity of methods and themes, which we classify into three main parts. PortEconomics member Cesar Ducruet, at his latest...
September 1st, 2020
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In a port study on port management and governance, that is published as an editorial in the scholarly journal Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL), PortEconomics co-director Theo Notteboom and Hercules Haralambides provide a critical assessment of some of the key issues and themes in port governance research, attempting at the same time, to propose new avenues for further port research in a post-COVID-19 era. As the authors state, "Port management governance is continuously challenged to adapt to a changing port...
August 20th, 2020
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The latest port study of PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Giovanni Satta, co-authored by Nicoletta Buratti and Francesco Vitellaro (University of Genoa) investigates how the adoption of emerging digital technologies can provide valuable business opportunities for logistics centres in maritime supply chains. For this purpose, a systematic literature review (SLR) of prior academic studies addressing this topic is performed. The review unveils the current lack of a comprehensive framework to assess the impact of digital technologies...
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