Title: Identification and evaluation of influential criteria for the selection of an environmental shipping carrier using DEMATEL: a case from India

Authors: Peng Jia; Kannan Govindan; Devika Kannan

Addresses: Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University, 1 Linghai Road, Dalian, 116026, China ' Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark ' Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract: The current environmental pollution is a major factor in economic development and vehicle pollution is ranked next to industrial emissions in total emissions worldwide. This study focuses on the selection of a suitable shipping carrier from an economic and environmental perspective. In practice, there are many criteria's available to select a suitable shipping container. But, shipping container companies are struggling to identify the most influential criteria to select a shipping container as it requires in-depth analysis. So, the objective of this paper is to analyse the criteria and identify the most influential criteria from an environmental practices perspective. In this study, seventeen factors are identified from literature aimed at locating the most influential criteria to select a suitable shipping carrier using the decision making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL). This procedure helps shipping companies to understand which criteria play an important role in selecting the shipping carrier.

Keywords: shipping carrier selection; environmental issues; DEMATEL; India; influential criteria; environmental shipping carriers; shipping containers; selection criteria; environmental perspective; economic perspective.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2015.072684

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2015 Vol.7 No.6, pp.719 - 741

Received: 30 May 2014
Accepted: 02 Dec 2014

Published online: 23 Oct 2015 *

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