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An Application of the Hierarchical Fuzzy Process to Container Port Competition: Policy and Strategic Implications



This paper aims to empirically identify the competitiveness of container ports in Asia by examining factors influencing the perceived competitive edge of each port using the Hierarchical Fuzzy Process, a method embracing human knowledge and/or judgement into a mathematical framework. This analysis is unique in that the ‘human-perceived’ competitiveness on Asian container ports is examined under the quantifiable framework. The findings reveal that Singapore is the most competitive port among the sampled ports. Moreover, the methodology employed here shows the potential to be applicable to other transport and logistics related service industries.


container port and terminal hierarchical fuzzy process perceived competitiveness  


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Shipping and Logistics GroupUniversity of Plymouth Business SchoolPlymouthUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental ManagementThe University of Hong KongHong Kong

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