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Competition and co-operation in maritime logistics operations.

Lee, Eon-Seong; Song, Dong-Wook


Eon-Seong Lee

Dong-Wook Song


Chung-Yee Lee

Qiang Meng


This chapter aims to examine environmental challenges that maritime logistics operators have recently faced with, and to investigate strategic ways that maritime logistics operators can effectively manage competition and co-operation with their rivals for better responding to those challenges and thus achieving their strategic goals, i.e. maximisation of maritime logistics value. In order to address the aforementioned issues, this chapter adopts social network embeddedness and knowledge management perspectives. Based on the literature, a theoretical framework is established to show the positive relationship between co-opetitive networks, knowledge acquisition and maritime logistics value. A comprehensive survey to existing literature reveals that a high level of co-operation in a co-opetitive network (i.e., high numbers of and strong relationships between maritime logistics operators) facilitates knowledge acquisition, and competition promotes the positive impact of co-operation on knowledge acquisition. The acquired knowledge helps to improve maritime logistics value. This outcome will certainly provide maritime operators with a strategic insight into the identification of determinants and/or sources for competitive advantage and greater organisational performance from inter-organisational coordination and knowledge-based perspectives.

Online Publication Date Dec 14, 2014
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Oct 24, 2014
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 220
Pages 477-496
Book Title Handbook of Ocean Container Transport Logistics: Making Global Supply Chains Effective
Chapter Number 16
ISBN 9783319118901; 9783319118918
Keywords Maritime transport; supply logistics; port systems;
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