Container terminal employees’ perceptions of the effects of sustainable supply chain management on sustainability performance

Chin-shan Lu, Po Lin Lai, Yi Pin Chiang

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Abstract

Sustainability has become an important issue in container terminal operations. However, relatively little research has been conducted to assess its association with sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). In this study, SSCM consists of internal sustainability practices and external sustainability collaboration. We empirically examined the effects of internal sustainability practices and external sustainability collaboration on sustainability performance in container terminal operations at the Port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan. We developed a model adopting the SSCM construct, which consisted of two dimensions: internal sustainability practices and external sustainability collaboration. Several research hypotheses were formulated from the theory and the hypotheses were tested using survey data collected from 141 employees who worked with container terminals. We found that internal sustainability practices and external sustainability collaboration positively affected sustainability performance, whereas external sustainability collaboration had a positive influence on internal sustainability practices. There is a discussion of the implications of these findings for developing sustainability and improving sustainability performance in container terminals and ports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-613
Number of pages17
JournalMaritime Policy and Management
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Container terminals
  • structural equation modeling
  • sustainability performance
  • sustainable supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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