Knowledge construction about port performance evaluation: An international literature analysis
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Purpose: This study aims to identify and analyze the characteristics of international scientific research that addresses the segment of literature referring to port performance evaluation, in order to identify the existence of a theoretical alignment between the concept of performance evaluation, as an area of knowledge, and the practical application of port performance evaluation. Design/methodology: For the approach to the problem, this paper makes use of qualitative research, analyzing bibliographical portfolio characteristics related to port performance evaluation. An action research strategy was adopted, according to which the authors selected the bibliographical portfolio based on analysis and interpretation. Findings: From the segment of literature analyzed, it was possible to identify a certain degree of misalignment among what has been pointed out in the literature regarding the management practices in the port sector. Specifically, this discrepancy refers to management practices that are ignored by port managers, which lead to lost opportunities and may even come to jeopardize the organization's performance. Research limitations/implications: The literature search was restricted to articles written in English, published in indexed scientific journals in the selected databases, according to the following criteria: (i) articles published after the year 2000; (ii) the generation of knowledge based on characteristics selected by the researchers and (iii) the analysis of BP articles based on the judgment and interpretation of the research authors. For future work, it is suggested to expand this research to other databases, in other languages and according to other features, and to continue this investigation by carrying outthe “systemic analysis” and “identifying research opportunities” stages using ProKnow-C. Originality/value: Although two similar works have been carried out in the same area of research in 2015, the results achieved have contributed to the advancement of research in port performance evaluation, as they have extended the time horizon, the databases used for research and the variables.
CitationSomensi, K. [et al.]. Knowledge construction about port performance evaluation: An international literature analysis. "Intangible Capital", Octubre 2017, vol. 13, núm. 4, p. 720-744.