Logistics networks have been of interest for some time however there has been a transition in the recognition of the role of ports in these networks. No longer are they passive actors within the network, rather they are becoming high-asset based service providers pursuing value-adding activities with some even actively working to incorporate knowledge learnt from their network into innovative practices. Over the past decade Australian ports have transitioned from their 'almost monopolistic' role in the supply chain to being either government owned corporate businesses or even in some cases privatised business entities. This paper is a case study of the ports of South Australia known as Flinders Ports Pty Ltd that examines the activities of this group of ports and compares their performance with the government controlled Sydney and Melbourne Ports Despite difficulties in accessing primary data, indications from secondary data are that Flinders Ports is indeed responding to market needs and its management team intends the port to continue to be responsive through value-adding service provision and learning from its networks.
|Title of host publication||8th ANZAM OM Symposium - Managing in Challenging Times|
|Editors||Kate Hughes, Peter O'Neill, Doug Davis, Daniel Prajogo|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium (8th : 2010) - Sydney|
Duration: 6 Jun 2010 → 8 Jun 2010
|Conference||ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium (8th : 2010)|
|Period||6/06/10 → 8/06/10|
- service provision
- innovative practices
Haugstetter, H., & Hughes, K. (2010). Learning from logistics networks - privatisation, a help or a hindrance? an exploratory study of Flinders Ports using secondary data. In K. Hughes, P. O'Neill, D. Davis, & D. Prajogo (Eds.), 8th ANZAM OM Symposium - Managing in Challenging Times (pp. 1-17). Australia: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.