Strategies for Asia-Pacific Shipping

Strategies for Asia-Pacific Shipping

by Jeff Hawkins, Richard Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754614921

ISBN-13: 9780754614920

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

The importance of strategy to an organization's competitiveness is widely acknowledged in the management literature, but there has not been much research into the shipping industry. The focus has been mainly on North Europe or North America, with scant regard for the important Asia-Pacific Region. This work therefore fills a gap in the literature. It analyses

Overview

The importance of strategy to an organization's competitiveness is widely acknowledged in the management literature, but there has not been much research into the shipping industry. The focus has been mainly on North Europe or North America, with scant regard for the important Asia-Pacific Region. This work therefore fills a gap in the literature. It analyses strategic choices made by Asia-Pacific ship-owners at the corporate level, combining an extensive review of literature and practice with a detailed survey. The book reveals who makes corporate strategic choices and suggests different strategies appropriate to different types of shipping companies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754614920
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Series:
Plymouth Studies in Contemporary Shipping
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesviii
Acknowledgementsxi
1Introduction1
Background1
The importance of strategy2
Limitations of strategy selection models4
Objectives of the book7
Focus of the book8
Definition of key terms11
Structure of the book15
2Asia-Pacific shipping17
Introduction17
The Asia-Pacific region: defining its scope17
The Asia-Pacific region as an economic power20
Major trading patterns in the Asia-Pacific region21
Asia-Pacific shipping26
Competitiveness of Asia-Pacific operators39
Strategic management in Asia-Pacific shipping47
The importance of strategy research in shipping50
3Strategic management55
Strategic management55
Major influences on management thought55
The development of strategic management as a field of inquiry56
4The content of strategy64
Introduction64
The nature of strategy64
Types of strategies67
Corporate-level strategies69
Business-level strategies76
Functional-level strategies78
A comprehensive typology of strategies80
5Strategy selection models81
Approaches to strategy selection and analysis81
BCG business portfolio model83
General Electric's business screen86
Directional policy matrix88
The Thompson-Strickland matrix90
Life cycle models90
Porter's model of generic competitive strategies94
Swot analysis matrix96
Grand strategy selection matrix97
International competitiveness matrix99
A critique of strategy selection models100
A composite strategic choice model101
6A strategy model for Asia-Pacific shipping103
The strategic choice model103
Strategic choices104
Testing the applicability of the model to Asia-Pacific shipping106
Overview of research methods107
Triangulation as a research approach110
Data collection and analysis112
7Corporate strategy of Asia-Pacific shipowners: survey and interviews119
Introduction119
Results of the survey119
Survey data121
Survey responses121
Summary of survey results124
Interview data126
Summary of interview results133
Synthesis: shipowners' views on corporate strategy selection138
8Corporate strategy selection by Asia-Pacific shipowners: simulation141
Introduction141
Simulation variables for strategic decision-making141
Main results of the simulation143
Post-simulation evaluation162
9A new shipping-based strategic choice model165
Introduction165
An Asia-Pacific shipping strategic choice model: initial version168
Expert review of the shipping model169
A strategic choice model for Asia-Pacific shipping: final version173
Strategy selection as part of a process177
10Conclusions179
Corporate strategy selection by Asia-Pacific shipowners179
Value of the strategic choice model182
A need for an integrative review of shipping strategy research185
Applicability of Western strategy models to Asia-Pacific shipping186
A typology of shipping strategies187
Strategic decision making188
Competing for the future189
Bibliography191
Index203

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