Previous research on port efficiency focuses primarily on the provider’s perspective and assumes that maximizing the output is always desirable. This paper recognizes that maximizing the final output does not necessarily guarantee an efficient system and the notion of port efficiency and service effectiveness needs to be considered from the perspectives of both the provider and the consumer of the port service. The paper proposes a network-DEA model to evaluate the performances of 30 seaports worldwide. The concurrent consideration of efficiency scores from the network-DEA model and the traditional DEA-CCR model will offer valuable insights to port operators on how to improve port performances as part of a seaborne cargo supply chain.
Seaborne cargo supply chain, port efficiencies, freight transportation, port service benchmarking
Asian Studies | Operations and Supply Chain Management | Transportation
Polish Maritime Research
LOW, Joyce M. W.; LAM, Shao Wei; TANG, Loon Ching; and LAN, Zhang.
Evaluations of Port Performances from a Seaborne Cargo Supply Chain Perspective. (2013). Polish Maritime Research. 20, (SI), 20-31. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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