A taxonomy of resources for sustainable shipping management: Their interrelationships and effects on business performance

Kum Fai Yuen, Kevin X. Li, Gangyan Xu, Xueqin Wang, Yiik Diew Wong

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23 Citations (Scopus)


Managing sustainability is a topical issue faced by shipping companies. Rooted on resource theories, the objective of this study is to design a taxonomy of resources that improves sustainable shipping management and examine their interrelationships and effects on sustainable shipping management and business performance. Survey and financial data were collected from 162 shipping companies and analysed using structural equation modelling. The results reveal the following three categories of resources that enhance sustainable shipping management and, subsequently, business performance: (1) intrafirm resources, (2) interfirm relationship management resources and (3) organisational learning resources. Theoretical and managerial implications of our findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-332
Number of pages17
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Knowledge-based view theory
  • Relational theory
  • Resource-based view theory
  • Sustainable shipping management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

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