Freight Forwarder's Intermediary Role in Multimodal Transport Chains

A Social Network Approach

  • Hans-Joachim Schramm

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Hans-Joachim Schramm
    Pages 1-12
  3. Hans-Joachim Schramm
    Pages 161-205
  4. Hans-Joachim Schramm
    Pages 207-250
  5. Hans-Joachim Schramm
    Pages 285-291
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-350

About this book


In this book, the business of international freight forwarding is examined from both a theoretical and empirical point of view with a special emphasis on multimodal transport chains, including sea or air transport operations. In such contexts, the freight forwarder is always considered "The Architect of Transport", but this intermediary role seems to be largely neglected in research to date. Therefore, relevant concepts from economic theory and economic sociology are employed to produce both an intermediary and a network perspective of freight forwarding in order to provide a better understanding of this kind of transportation business. Furthermore, its intermediary role in such inherent network structures is explored by mapping relationship patterns in a stylized model framework applied to a questionnaire-based sample collected among freight forwarders engaged in such multimodal transport chains in Germany (especially from Hamburg, Bremen and Bremerhaven) as well as in Austria in 2003.


Air Transport Freight Forwarder Maritime Shipping Multimodal Transport Chain Social Network Analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans-Joachim Schramm
    • 1
  1. 1., Institute for Transport and Logistics MaDepartment of Global Business and TradeViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Physica, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-2774-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7908-2775-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1941
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