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The Institutional Rationality of Shipping Company Decision Making
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study expands upon existing shipping industry environmental research by investigating organisational decision making in the selection of emission reducing technologies. Through application of neo-institutional theory, the study draws associations with collected empirics to explain the impact of an organisations institutional environment on decision making, as well as the seemingly non-rational behaviour of structurally similar shipping companies pursuing opposing technological strategies.

A mixed methods approach has gathered empirics from distribution and return of online self-completion questionnaires to Svensk Sjöfart shipping operators; complemented by a secondary data analysis of two of the world’s largest container shipping companies, Maersk and CMA CGM.

The study concludes that competitive and institutional isomorphism has created a homogenising effect on the shipping company questionnaire respondents with regards to their adopted technological strategies. Mandatory regulations, customers and maintaining green-brand credentials have the greatest influence on Svensk Sjöfart members decision making, which is bounded by a market-based logic. Institutional logics and the principle of embedded agency has been revealed as the key factor in shaping the different technological strategies of Maersk and CMA CGM. By considering the perspective of embedded agency, both companies can be considered as ‘rational’ decision makers from a technology selection perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 116
Series
TVE-MILI ; 18010
Keywords [en]
Institutional Theory, Embedded Agency, Institutional Pressures, Institutional Logics, Sustainability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-354668DiVA, id: diva2:1222169
Educational program
Master Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation
Presentation
2018-06-01, Å2001, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-21 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved

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