Title
A theoretical framework for the evaluation of competition between container terminal operators A theoretical framework for the evaluation of competition between container terminal operators
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Singapore ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
The Singapore economic review. - Singapore, 1983, currens
Volume/pages
56(2011) :4 , p. 535-559
ISSN
0217-5908
ISI
000299094600006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper presents a conceptual framework for analyzing the outcomes of potential competitive strategies and their expected payoffs for container terminal operators in the container handling industry. The framework is based on the integration of Bowley's linear model of aggregate demand of product differentiation with Porter's "Diamond" model. It focuses on the number of containers handled, prices charged, and profits earned to analyze a variety of strategies that could be employed by container terminal operators to enhance their competitive position. The findings suggest that strategies to build complementary relationships and stimulate greater demand are more desirable than alternatives because they generate benefits that accrue to the entire container port cluster. Conversely, strategies that are intended to raise entry barriers, employ strategic pricing mechanisms, and/or involve collusion are found to lead to the formation of insular clusters and retard competitive advantage in the long-run.
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