Quotation Schramm, Hans-Joachim. 2011. Freight Forwarders's Intermediary Role in Multimodal Transport Chains - A Social Network Analysis. Dissertation, Technische Universität Dresden.




In this dissertation, the business of international freight forwarding is examined both from a theoretical and empirical point of view with a special emphasis on multimodal transport chains including sea or air transport operations. There, the freight forwarder is always considered as "The Architect of Transport", but this intermediary role seems not to be well theoretically reflected in research up to now as an initial review of dissertations from 1909 to 2008 originating from Germany, Austria and Switzerland coping with freight forwarding, container shipping and/or air cargo operations clearly shows. Therefore, first relevant theoretical concepts from economic theory and economic sociology are employed to draw both an intermediary and a network perspective of freight forwarding in order to provide a better understanding of this kind of transportation business. Second, the intermediary role of freight forwarders in such an inherent network structure of multimodal transport chains is explored by mapping relationship patterns in a stylized model framework which is applied to a questionaire based sample raised among freight forwarders engaged in multimodal transport chains with a leg by sea or air in Germany (especially from Hamburg, Bremen and Bremerhaven) as well as Austria in 2003.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Dissertation
Language English
Title Freight Forwarders's Intermediary Role in Multimodal Transport Chains - A Social Network Analysis
Academic institution Technische Universität Dresden
Year 2011


Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
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