Learning from logistics networks - privatisation, a help or a hindrance?

an exploratory study of Flinders Ports using secondary data

Hilary Haugstetter, Kathryn Hughes

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th ANZAM OM Symposium - Managing in Challenging Times
EditorsKate Hughes, Peter O'Neill, Doug Davis, Daniel Prajogo
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781741383577
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium (8th : 2010) - Sydney
Duration: 6 Jun 20108 Jun 2010

Conference

ConferenceANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium (8th : 2010)
CitySydney
Period6/06/108/06/10

Keywords

  • ports
  • service provision
  • knowledge
  • learning
  • innovative practices

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    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.