Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2011

Abstract

A novel Network-based Integrated Choice Evaluation (NICE) model is developed to enhance the multinomial logit preference (MNL) model that is widely employed in the existing port choice literature. The NICE model integrates the element of port service network with observational port attributes to identify important quality characteristics on which liner shipping companies base their port choices. An empirical study of the proposed model is conducted through the service schedules of three established liner shipping companies. Results show that port efficiency and scale economies are the more important dimensions influencing liner shipping companies’ selection of major Asian ports. Nevertheless, it is important for a competitive port to balance its efforts among all the dimensions.

Keywords

Network-connectivity index, NICE model, Port choice, Port competitiveness

Discipline

Business | Operations and Supply Chain Management | Transportation

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Networks and Spatial Economics

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

65

Last Page

82

ISSN

1566-113X

Identifier

10.1007/s11067-008-9081-8

Publisher

Springer

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1007/s11067-008-9081-8

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