The purpose of this paper is to report an explicit taxonomy of maritime operations (MO) to guide harbour masters (HMs) of smaller ports in planning more sustainable operations.
This research presents strategies for building theory to promote more sustainable port management in a two-stage research design. Starting from a base taxonomy in research Stage 1, ethnographic content analysis (ECA) of a sparse prior literature on MO generated a tentative taxonomy. In Stage 2, interviews to capture tacit practitioner knowledge refined the tentative taxonomy into a credible practitioner-informed final taxonomy.
ECA offers researchers a powerful tool to analyse complex operational problems. In this paper MOs are represented in an explicit taxonomy.
A final taxonomy of MOs guides sustainability strategy formulation by HMs and assists them to protect vital commercial revenues which serve supply chains and local communities.
An explicit final taxonomy of MO is derived using a novel methodology. The taxonomy guides sustainability strategy formulation and underpins subsequent planning of sustainable development policies.
Funding from European Social Fund, Combined Universities of Cornwall is acknowledged.
Kuznetsov, A., Dinwoodie, J., Gibbs, D., Sansom, M. and Knowles, H. (2017), "Knowledge capture to inform sustainable maritime operations", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 37 No. 7, pp. 882-897. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-10-2015-0657
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