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Establishing a generic systems model of port clusters and their associated port logistics process

Roh, Hong-Seung 2006. Establishing a generic systems model of port clusters and their associated port logistics process. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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Ports are playing an ever pivotal role in the development and operation of industrial supply chains. Port management has historically been reactive to legislative and customer pressures. Such a reactive approach has resulted in ad hoc infrastructure development including physical facilities and information technology. Ports may thus be viewed as large scale complex systems where there is a need to define a more holistic perspective of their design and operations. Recent developments in the construct of port clusters and maritime clusters have led to increased complexity. The advantage in these developments is that greater integration between the port and associated services and users in the supply chain in port should be realised. However, there is a need to apply appropriate industrial engineering tools and techniques in order to visualise such clusters as whole systems without the need for excessively complex models. Such visualisations will help in developing our understanding of the interrelationships between the various parts and aid in the development of structured design methods. The thesis presents a structured analysis and design technique (SADT) in order to visualise a port cluster as a system of systems wherein hierarchy lies. This research identifies a port cluster and within that a port logistics process. SADT has been chosen as there are readily available software tools to aid in the visualisation and it provides a robust structured method by which to model hierarchical systems. This study applies SADT to the port cluster system that has distributed around the Port of Busan in Korea but has not been organised systematically. This dissertation shows that SADT does provide an opportunity to define and analyse the cluster in terms of the port logistics process, port activities and actors. In conjunction with the calculation of the industrial productivity of the cluster, it will be able to distinguish who could be the leading industry or leading company in the cluster. Finally, the results of the industrial productivity analysis also will be express using SADT diagram, so that it could provide the clear picture which industry/business should be the leader in each port logistics process.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
ISBN: 9781303174063
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 23:11

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