Call for Papers – Digital Transformation of the Maritime Business


Call for Papers – Digital Transformation of the Maritime Business

Many traditional obstacles to international trade have been reduced thanks to the growth of digitalization. As internet access continues to grow and a developing global middle class with discretionary means and a desire for imported goods emerges, such soaring demand has been met by increasingly interconnected supply chains and the advent of Digital Transformation of Maritime Business.

Indeed, digital is undoubtedly the way of the future, and the maritime business sector has also started to become aware of this. While manual systems and human interaction have historically been used in international shipping, the wider trend toward digital business models and process automation is transforming global logistics, and technological laggards run the risk of being left behind. Digital transformation becomes more popular to cope with the growing e-business, making the maritime business more efficient, cost-saving, and higher capability.

Moreover, many stakeholders want supply chains to be as automated as possible to minimize manual or human interaction in obstructing cargo flows around the world. In the light of this, digital transformation for maritime business could be the ideal solution to enhance the future maritime business. By developing accessible and simple methods of integrating digital technologies into the daily operations of the maritime business, digitalization is being extended to all levels of labours, not only management and administration.

There is a clear need for more research in addressing the digital transformation of the maritime business. Hence, this Special Issue in Maritime Business Review caters to the research gap for all academies to disseminate the knowledge and research findings regarding Digital Transformation for Maritime Business. We welcome articles of high-quality and impactful research on digital transformation. We especially welcome contributions that present novel and rigorous research techniques to address the issues related to maritime business, as well as associated technical challenges and commerce concepts in the current and next-generation maritime business. Articles may employ different research methods, such as case studies, theoretical inquiry, empirical investigations with data analysis, data-driven strategies, and project-based field experiences. 

Keywords: Digital transformation, Port digitalization; blockchains; Digital business; Big data; Port community system; Information and communication technology; SMART logistics; autonomous transport

Guest Editors
Yui-yip LAU, Senior Lecturer, Division of Business and Hospitality Management, School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, [email protected]

Adolf KY NG, Professor, Faculty of Business and Management, BNU-HKBU United International College, [email protected]

Tsz Leung YIP, Associate Professor, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, [email protected]

Important Dates

  • Manuscript submission: 01 August 2023
  • Submission deadline: 31 December 2023
  • Expected publication: 2024