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Systems 2017, 5(2), 35; doi:10.3390/systems5020035

The Re-Conceptualization of the Port Supply Chain as a Smart Port Service System: The Case of the Port of Salerno

Department of Business Science — Manangement & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, Fisciano 84084, Italy
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Received: 2 January 2017 / Revised: 13 April 2017 / Accepted: 20 April 2017 / Published: 23 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Service Systems)
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This paper proposes a re-conceptualization of the port supply chain as a smart service system, in accordance with the theory of service science. Starting from a short literature review about the port supply chain approach and service science, a new comprehensive framework is provided to better understand seaport dynamics and the creation of competitive port supply chains. The methodology used is the case study approach. The Authors examined the Port of Salerno (Italy) and re-conceptualized it as a smart port service system. The originality of the work lies in the application of service science as a lens to re-conceptualize the port supply chain, that allows the implementation of a logistic framework. Both theoretical and practical implications are provided to enrich the literature about port supply chains and to support port operators. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart service systems; service systems; service science; port supply chain management smart service systems; service systems; service science; port supply chain management
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Botti, A.; Monda, A.; Pellicano, M.; Torre, C. The Re-Conceptualization of the Port Supply Chain as a Smart Port Service System: The Case of the Port of Salerno. Systems 2017, 5, 35.

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