A Procedure for Implementing Exploratory Mixed Methods Research into Dry Port Management

  • Jagan Jeevan Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Faculty of Maritime Studies
  • Yapa Mahinda Bandara University of Moratuwa, Department of Transport and Logistics Management
  • Nurul Haqimin Mohd Saleh Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Faculty of Maritime Studies
  • Abdul Hafaz Ngah Unversiti Malaysia Terengganu, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development
  • Rudiah Hanafiah Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Faculty of Maritime Studies
Keywords: Dry ports, Mixed methods, Grounded theory, Exploratory factor analysis, Malaysia

Abstract

Qualitative approach has become the main method of exploring significant dimensions in dry port research.
Quantitative approach has also been employed to examine empirical evidence in this research area. The application of mixed methods has been proposed in the dry port research to provide a multidimensional insight into seaport research issues. This paper provides guidance on mixed method application in dry port research and demonstrates that the implementation of mixed methods research is capable of providing comprehensive results by integrating qualitative and quantitative results in a single research. The availability of different dimensions and alternative designs lends this approach wide applicability, facilitating the production of valid and reliable outcomes and ensuring high level of generalizability of dry port research.

Author Biographies

Yapa Mahinda Bandara, University of Moratuwa, Department of Transport and Logistics Management

Yapa Mahinda Bandara is an academic cum transport economist from Sri Lanka. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka specializing in Economics (Econometrics) and obtained PhD from National Center for Ports and Shipping, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania. His main research interests include transport pricing and econometric application in maritime and port and transport economics. He teaches microeconomics, macroeconomics and international trade, transport policy and economics at the Department of Transport and Logistics Management, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He is also a Chartered Member of Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) since 2008. He is also a member of Sri Lanka Society for Transport and Logistics (SLSTL), a domestic society of EASTS. During the period he has engaged in teaching and coordinating research, and career development of undergraduate students. Further, he has participated and presented his research at local and international research symposiums. Notably, he is an award winner -Young Colin Relf Award 2008 from the International Forum for Rural Transport Development (IFRTD) and Australian Development Scholarship for a postgraduate research. In addition to being served as an academic, he has also contributed to national and international transport development projects as a transport economist.

Nurul Haqimin Mohd Saleh, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Faculty of Maritime Studies

Dr. Nurul Haqimin was born in Perlis, Malaysia, in 1985. He is a lecturer in the School of Maritime Business and Management at the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu where he has been a school member since 2008. He received the Diploma in Business Management from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia, in 2006, and the Bachelor degree in Management (Maritime) from the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia, in 2008. He completed MBA in Shipping Management at the Industrial University of Selangor, Malaysia, in 2010, and Ph.D. degree in Maritime Operation at the Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, in 2015. Currently, he teaches several maritime subjects such as multimodal transportation, maritime strategic management, principle of maritime management and maritime human resource management. His research interests lie in the area of maritime operation, ranging from uncertainty treatment to risk and reliability management, with a focus on maritime shipping sector. In recent years, he has focused on better techniques for modelling and assessing country risk for shipping operation, organizational reliability and capability of a liner shipping operator. He also developed new models for predicting a liner vessel’s punctuality (arrival and departure) under dynamic environments.

Abdul Hafaz Ngah, Unversiti Malaysia Terengganu, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development

Dr. Abdul Hafaz bin Ngah is a Lecturer at the School of Maritime Business and Management, University Malaysia Terengganu. He has completed his PhD at the Faculty of Industrial Management, Universiti Malaysia Pahang . Before joining UMT, he served at Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah since 1999. He has been a speaker for various research seminars in various universities in Malaysia regarding Research Methodology and Data analysis (Structural Equation Modelling with SMART PLS). Hafaz’s research interests focus on Halal logistics and supply chain, Halal consumer behaviour, technology adoption in logistic, tourism management and knowledge sharing. Besides publishing in various scopus index journals, he also has invited to be both external reviewer and editorial board for a number of refereed ISI and Scopus journals as well as conferences. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Malaysia (CILTM), as a secretary for CILTM East Coast Section.

Rudiah Hanafiah, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Faculty of Maritime Studies

Dr. Rudiah Binti Md Hanafiah was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1981. Before joining Universiti Malaysia Terengganu as a lecturer at the School of Maritime Business and Management, she has been working as operation and chartering executive at various shipping companies associated with transporting petrochemical products over the world. She received the Bachelor degree in Management (Maritime) from the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (formerly known as Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia), in 2003. She completed her MBA in Shipping Management at the Industrial University of Selangor, Malaysia, in 2010, and Ph.D. degree in Transport and Logistics from Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in 2017 under LT990 programme. Her research interests focus on shipping business and maritime operation.

Published
2019-10-21
How to Cite
Jeevan, J., Bandara, Y. M., Mohd Saleh, N. H., Ngah, A. H. and Hanafiah, R. (2019) “A Procedure for Implementing Exploratory Mixed Methods Research into Dry Port Management”, Transactions on Maritime Science, 8(2), pp. 157 - 170. doi: 10.7225/toms.v08.n02.001.
Section
Regular Paper
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