Port logistics platform integration in supply chain management
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2009

The theme of this study is to present a comprehensive theoretical analysis and conceptual foundation of the port logistics platform as it relates to supply chain management discipline using a system theory approach. In this research paper, three main systems were identified: namely port logistics system, multimodal transport system and information and communication system as a constituent of the port logistics platform. Each system is associated with a specific type of flow, and these systems are closely interrelated. In the meantime, supply chain management and port logistics platform are the main entities governing the port logistics integration processes. The result of the research shows that the port might be a functional element within the supply chains through adapting the system theory approach, in particular soft system methodology. In addition, the proposed framework in relation to the value migration construct provides a better understanding of the contemporary port logistics platform set-up and interrelationship. The theoretical and practical implications of this emerging phenomenon are also discussed in this study.


supply chain management

soft system methodology


information and communication system

interorganizational relationships




transport system

logistics platform


port logistics system




Badi Almotairi

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport

Kenth Lumsden

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics

1756-6517 (ISSN) 1756-6525 (eISSN)

Vol. 1 194-210


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi