Authors: Mario Norbis; Mary J. Meixell; Francis Douglas Tuggle
Addresses: Department of Management, School of Business, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt Carmel Avenue, Hamden CT 06518, USA ' Department of Management, School of Business, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt Carmel Avenue, Hamden CT 06518, USA ' Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866, USA
Abstract: The purpose of this research is to develop a decision process and modelling framework for port and ocean carrier selection that incorporates and quantifies knowledge elements and knowledge practices concerning global supply chain security. Ocean carrier selection is considered in concert with port selection to augment the integrated supply chain process and its synergistic benefits to performance. Knowledge is quantified in this approach with a scoring mechanism that compares security-related features of a particular operation to best practice in that area. These scores are then combined with other performance attributes in a second step that employs the analytic hierarchy process. This research demonstrates that knowledge elements and practices that are essentially qualitative in nature may be utilised in concert with traditional measures in a quantitative modelling process that improves supply chain design. Managers responsible for choosing security-aware seaports and ocean carriers may find this model useful for addressing multiple criteria of both a quantitative and qualitative nature.
Keywords: maritime supply chains; knowledge management; globalisation; logistics; freight transport; port selection; ocean carrier selection; supply chain design; decision modelling; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; supply chain security; supply chain management; SCM; ocean carriers; security awareness; port security; carrier security.
International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2013 Vol.15 No.4, pp.359 - 381
Published online: 27 Sep 2013 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article