The purpose of this paper is to know what scientific literature presents about the theme evaluation of seaport performance, thus enabling the construction of knowledge in the researchers and the identification of gaps in the research that will lead to advances in the area from the identification of the characteristics of a portfolio of relevant international publications.
From the basic philosophical (constructivism), of the kind strategy (research-action) and the method used for the accomplishment of such strategy (structured process knowledge development process – constructivist (ProKnow-C)) the current research has a qualitative approach.
From the analysis of the bibliographic portfolio composed of 23 articles, the main results were: focus of the evaluation of seaport performance is on operational and tactical efficiency rather than on strategic and global performance; the majority of the studies does not relate to the reality experienced by seaport managers due to the limited interaction with these managers, evidencing a distance of the researchers from the object of their research; and performance evaluation was barely used/explored as a tool to support management, only for the sake of evaluation itself.
The search occurred in the databases Web of Science, Scopus, Proquest, Ebsco, Sciece Direct and Wiley.
The identification of gaps that might promote advances in this field of knowledge, once the seaport segment is not exploring the potential that performance evaluation can offer and is already available in literature.
The authors Ademar Dutra and Sandra Rolim Ensslin are thankful for the financial support from CAPES/BRAZIL.
Dutra, A., Ripoll-Feliu, V.M., Fillol, A.G., Ensslin, S.R. and Ensslin, L. (2015), "The construction of knowledge from the scientific literature about the theme seaport performance evaluation", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 64 No. 2, pp. 243-269. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-01-2014-0015
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