Title

Kink in the intermodal supply chain: interorganizational relations in the port economy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2-2016

Subject Area

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Abstract

The intermodal logistics supply chain is designed to move goods from the point of production to the point of consumption as quickly and as cheaply as possible. The ability to accomplish this objective has allowed for the wholesale geographic relocation and offshoring of basic manufacturing and assembly. As a chain of linked and integrated organizations characterized by sequential interdependence, interorganizational relations play a key role in determining the level of integration and seamlessness. Yet there is one critical interorganizational link in the chain that deviates from this vision. This is the relationship between the shipping container terminal and drayage trucking operations which is better described as a form of intermodal disintegration. The weakness in this link of the supply chain is explained by the divergent industrial structures and labor market conditions, the unique nature of the transaction, and the externalization of costs to subordinate workers.

Publication Title

Transportation Planning and Technology

Volume

39

Issue

7

First Page

730

Last Page

746

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/03081060.2016.1204093

ISSN

03081060

E-ISSN

10290354

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