Segmenting manufacturers' investment incentive preferences for international logistics zones

Chin Shan Lu, Chun Hsiung Liao, Ching Chiao Yang

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Abstract

Purpose - This study aims to empirically identify investment incentive preference segments for international logistics zones from the manufacturer's perspective. Design/methodology/approach - Eight critical investment incentives were identified, based on the following factors: cost, agglomeration, resource, port, policy, political stability, location and transport, and economic. Cluster analysis was subsequently performed to group respondents on the basis of their factor scores. Three groups or segments were identified: firms that preferred political stability and location factors; those which preferred low-cost and port-related factors; and those which preferred agglomeration effect and resource factors. Six factors, i.e. cost, agglomeration effect, resource, port, policy, and political stability, differed significantly across the three segments. Findings - Results suggest that political stability is the most important incentive, followed by corporate tax incentives, government administration efficiency, labor cost, and energy cost. Originality/value - This study is a first attempt to understand investment incentive preferences for an international logistics zone from the manufacturers' perspective and to segment investors into different groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-129
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 1

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Logistics
Agglomeration
Costs
Cluster analysis
Taxation
Factors
Investment incentives
Political stability
Personnel
Economics
Resources
Port policy

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  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Segmenting manufacturers' investment incentive preferences for international logistics zones. / Lu, Chin Shan; Liao, Chun Hsiung; Yang, Ching Chiao.

In: International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 28, No. 2, 01.02.2008, p. 106-129.

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