Title: Shipping innovation orientation and capabilities in the digital era

Authors: Maria A. Lambrou; Daniel Samson; Masaharu Ota

Addresses: Department of Shipping Trade and Transport, University of the Aegean, 2A Korai str., 82100 Chios, Greece ' Department of Management and Marketing Level 10, University of Melbourne, 198 Berkeley St, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia ' Graduate School of Business, Osaka City University, Osaka 558-8585, Japan

Abstract: In our paper, we develop a conceptual model that investigates the innovation orientation, capabilities and practices, in the shipping sector. We examine a number of intertwined shipping management components and innovation management perspectives, considering both the firm-level diversity and sectoral regularities, so as to survey shipping companies' approach to innovation related business activities. We present a set of shipping innovation observations, articulated as hypotheses/propositions, comprising a combined perspective of strategic, organisational, institutional and technological determinant factors of the innovation process. The purpose of this paper is to develop a contemporary framework of innovation in shipping, addressing pertinent managerial and research implications.

Keywords: shipping innovation; dynamic capabilities; DC; maritime cluster; business model innovation; organisational intelligence; leadership; technical innovation; digitisation; big data technology; strategic-orientation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2018.094195

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2018 Vol.17 No.1, pp.1 - 22

Received: 17 Oct 2016
Accepted: 10 Apr 2017

Published online: 22 Aug 2018 *

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