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Title: Prevailing technologies and adoption obstacles in maritime logistics
Language: English
Authors: Wohlleber, Annika 
Münch, Christopher 
Hartmann, Evi 
Editor: Kersten, Wolfgang  
Jahn, Carlos  
Blecker, Thorsten 
Ringle, Christian M.  
Keywords: Maritime Logistics
Issue Date: Sep-2022
Publisher: epubli
Source: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 33: 559-588 (2022)
Abstract (english): 
Purpose: Digital technologies (DTs) are transforming logistics operations in the shipping industry. Yet, the industry is only in the early stages of digitalization. Consequently, there is a lack of empirical evidence on applied DTs and related obstacles for DT adoption.
Methodology: A multiple case study was conducted comprising ports, freight forwarders, and carriers. Based on 18 expert interviews and additional data sources, differences and similarities concerning currently applied DTs and associated obstacles to DT adoption were examined.
Findings: Presented findings indicate comprehensive efforts toward a paperless and digitalized way of operating within maritime container logistics (MCL) by using DTs such as blockchain, cloud solutions, and artificial intelligence. Especially ports strive to achieve collaborative data usage but are frequently hindered by a lack of inter-organizational data sharing. Furthermore, the inherent complexity of the MCL chain and employees’ and managers’ defensiveness toward technological change needs to be overcome by applying suitable measures for DT adoption.
Originality: The research contributes to the scarce literature of DT adoption within MCL by providing empirical insights into the state-of-the-art of DTs for ports, freight forwarders, and carriers. Additionally, this research is the first to address implications for tackling existing obstacles for successful DT adoption in MCL.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2022 
DOI: 10.15480/882.4717
ISBN: 978-3-756541-95-9
ISSN: 2365-5070
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 33
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