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Seaport research: a structured literature review on methodological issues since the 1980s

Woo, Su-Han ORCID:, Pettit, Stephen John ORCID:, Kwak, Dong-Wook ORCID: and Beresford, Anthony Kenneth Charles ORCID: 2011. Seaport research: a structured literature review on methodological issues since the 1980s. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 45 (7) , pp. 667-685. 10.1016/j.tra.2011.04.014

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This study aims to investigate how seaport research has been conducted from the methodological perspective. To this end, this study reviews published port literature for the last three decades (1980–2000s). The investigation primarily categorises the literature according to various methodological issues such as research paradigm, research strategy, base-disciplines, research methods and analysis techniques in order to provide meaningful implications on methodological evolution in seaport research for the period. This study suggests methodological bias in port research to a positivistic paradigm, following a quantitative trajectory moving from conceptual to empirical studies. In addition, the increased use of mathematical modelling and advanced statistical analysis methods is clearly observed. The introduction of advanced analytical tools used in other academic disciplines facilitates discussions in particular research area and amplifies the literature in those areas. This paper also suggests research gaps from the methodological perspective and implications for future port research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
V Naval Science > V Naval Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seaport research; Structured literature review; Research paradigm; Research method; Interdisciplinarity; Port research; Analysis technique
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0965-8564
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 10:00

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