Examining sustainability performance at ports: port managers’ perspectives on developing sustainable supply chains

Chin-shan Lu, Kuo Chung Shang, Chi Chang Lin

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This research examined the effects of sustainable supply chain management (i.e. internal sustainable development and external sustainable collaboration) on sustainability performance in the port context. Structural equation modeling was employed in this study using survey data collected from 135 respondents holding the position of supervisor or above in three major international port authorities in Taiwan (i.e. Keelung, Taichung, and Kaohsiung). Results indicated that external sustainable collaboration is positively associated with internal sustainable management, and internal sustainable management positively influences sustainability performance. This research also found that internal sustainable management mediates the effects of external sustainable collaboration on sustainability performance. The implication of the findings for port decision-makers, authorities, managers, and sustainable development are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-927
Number of pages19
JournalMaritime Policy and Management
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2016


  • Port
  • 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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