The Impact of Management Practices Use on Brazilian Port Authorities' Performance

This article reports on a study that analyzed the relationship between management practices and the performance of Brazilian port authorities. The authors report on their development of a survey-based evaluation tool that focused on the quality of port management practices. Other data included operational and financial performance indicators of the ports and the port authorities. Data analyses included Student t-tests and linear regression analysis. The authors found that better managerial practices have a positive impact on port authorities’ financial performance, but have no significant impact on ports’ operational performance. The authors discuss the level of adoption of management practices, noting that intermediate level of management, characterized by control rather than planning and innovation, is common. More-advanced levels of management practices, associated with management excellence, including motivation of employees, is uncommon in Brazilian port management, regardless of size of the operation. The authors also consider their findings that port authorities controlled by local entities, including States and Municipalities, have better financial and operational results and use more management practices than those managed by the Brazilian Federal Government. A lengthy appendix presents the survey instrument.

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    • Constante, Jonas Mendes
    • de Langen, Peter
    • Vieira, Guilherme Bergmann Borges
    • Lunkes, Rogério João
    • van der Lugt, Larissa
  • Publication Date: 2018-6


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01691143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 20 2019 7:25PM