Supply chain integration barriers to port-centric logistics—An emerging economy perspective

V. G. Venkatesh, Abraham Zhang, Eric Deakins, Venkatesh Mani, Yangyan Shi

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Despite the growing interest in supply chain integration and port performance in the maritime literature, there is a lack of detailed studies into the barriers to integration in port-centric logistics. This study explores the barriers to port-centric supply chain integration from an emerging economy and multistakeholder perspective by using the DEMATEL (Decision Making-Trial and Evaluation Laboratory) analysis technique. The findings indicate that institutional requirements, lack of awareness by stakeholders, and port-centric supply chain integration all significantly impact supply chain projects that have been designed to offer maximum value to customers at a low cost. Other crucial barriers include the absence of benchmarking standards and lack of an innovation culture. The policy and managerial implications are explained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-253
Number of pages39
JournalTransportation Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • Maritime operations
  • Port logistics
  • Port operations
  • Port-centric logistics
  • Supply chain integration


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