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On using DEA for benchmarking container terminals

M.B.M. de Koster (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
B.M. Balk (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Statistics Netherlands, The Hague, The Netherlands)
W.T.I. van Nus (Maritime & Transport Business Solutions, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 16 October 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to compare efficiency scores from the benchmarking exercise with those of previous studies and to discuss the reasons behind diverging results.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses data envelopment analysis (DEA) on primary data of large container terminals.

Findings

The results differ strongly from those available in the literature. Causes for these differences are: public (secondary) data are not always accurate; different terminal types are compared; terminals of different scale are compared; and terminals are mixed with ports.

Practical implications

DEA may be appropriate for container terminal benchmarking, but only if better quality and additional input and output data can be obtained. In its application, the analysis should be controlled for terminal types.

Originality/value

Summary of the state of play in the use of DEA methodologies for comparing the efficiency of container terminals at ports.

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Citation

de Koster, M.B.M., Balk, B.M. and van Nus, W.T.I. (2009), "On using DEA for benchmarking container terminals", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 29 No. 11, pp. 1140-1155. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443570911000168

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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