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Management of disruptions by seaports: preliminary findings

Hui Shan Loh (Division of Infrastructure Systems & Maritime Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore)
Vinh V. Thai (Division of Infrastructure Systems & Maritime Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The function of a port has evolved from a platform providing simple loading and unloading activities to a gateway that opens up numerous opportunities that proliferate economic benefits. The effects of globalization and modern supply chain trends have reinforced the role that ports play in supply chains. This calls for contemporary studies on supply chain management to expand to address the management of supply chain disruptions that originate from port operations. The purpose of this paper is to provide perspectives from the industry on the proposed management model that seeks to address port-related supply chain disruptions (PSCD).

Design/methodology/approach

In-depth interviews were conducted with professionals from the port management and port users to preliminarily substantiate the findings.

Findings

A list of port-related supply chain threats was first identified and their occurrences were analyzed. Then, through the interviews with the management of industry players, the factors which may affect the implementation of the management model have been identified.

Research limitations/implications

This paper fills gaps in literature related to management of port risks and port resiliency.

Practical implications

The findings raised important issues in the management of PSCD with respect to strategic decision making and policy development.

Originality/value

This study contributes by aiming to minimize the potential of a list of identified threats through the implementation of a practical management model by port management to increase port resilience and maintain supply chain sustainability.

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Citation

Loh, H.S. and Thai, V.V. (2015), "Management of disruptions by seaports: preliminary findings", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 146-162. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-04-2014-0053

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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