Keywords: port policy, port clusters, port devolution, port performance, e-governance, electronic governence, information technology, communications, ICT, electronic markets, public-private networks, interorganisational networks, public port authorities, terminal service providers, shipping companies, logistics firms, transportation companies, customs
Exploring the applicability of electronic markets to port governance
The paper explores the rationale of embracing e-Governance models as a mean to improve port policy and decision making towards enhanced port performance and competitiveness. The paper establishes both the significance and the applicability of advanced port e-Governance models, based on e-markets typologies. The devised theoretical framework suggests that within the evolving variation of port structures, e-Governance, public-private interorganisational network models and in particular the e-market paradigm provide a great opportunity towards the 'smart networking' of the plurality of port actors, including public port authorities, terminal service providers, shipping companies, logistics and transportation companies, customs and other third parties.