Innovation and Stakeholder Collaboration in West Coast Gateways: An Analysis of Seaport and Freight Movement Industries

How do organizations and stakeholder dynamics contribute to the adoption of innovation in gateways? We explore this question through a comparative assessment of the situation in two of North America’s major West Coast Gateways – the port of Vancouver, British Columbia, and the twin ports of Los Angeles/ Long Beach (LA/LB), California. Our research approach consists of the identification and assessment of exemplary innovations drawn from the areas of policy, technology, and operations with an emphasis on those directly related to environmental considerations. The case studies of innovation each illustrate the diverse sources of demand for and supply of innovation. These sources may be highly localized or may be regional or even pan-coastal in their origin. There are examples of innovations promoted by lead firms or by lead jurisdictions. What is common to all these innovations is the important role played by the mediators of innovation, both in their initial development and especially in their diffusion and adoption. Each of the following mediators of innovation can be found, typically in combination: information supports, stakeholder forums and engagement, technology transfer, adoption incentives and regulation, and formal and informal institutional arrangements.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01155044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1862
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:51AM