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Title: Core competences of river ports : case study of Pearl River Delta
Authors: Li, HHL 
Yip, TL 
Keywords: Port strategy
River ports
Balanced scorecard
Core competence
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Korean Association of Shipping and Logistics
Source: Asian journal of shipping and logistics, 2016, v. 32, no. 2, p. 99-105 How to cite?
Journal: Asian journal of shipping and logistics 
Abstract: With the sound development of ASEAN, more and more attention is paid to hub ports that support cargo and information flows in this marine region. However there are few studies on river and feeder ports. To fill this gap, this study takes a river port as an example to illustrate how to utilize the Balanced Scorecard for evaluating the Core Competences of river and feeder ports. Core competences are helpful for terminal operators when focusing on core strategies, core business and core products / services development for resource limitation. The business pattern which regards core competences as a foundation is beneficial for terminal operators to achieve sustainable competitive advantages. A questionnaire survey has been conducted. The Cronbach alpha method confirms testing reliability of the questionnaire. Study results reveal that two core competences are “capabilities of valuing employee and organization improvement” and “national and municipal government support” for a river port.
ISSN: 2092-5212
EISSN: 2352-4871
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajsl.2016.05.003
Rights: Copyright © 2016 The Korean Association of Shipping and Logistics, Inc. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Li, H. H. L., & Yip, T. L. (2016). Core competences of river ports: case study of Pearl River Delta. The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, 32(2), 99-105, is available at
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