Value innovation : new entrants and chain restructuring in Australia's north Queensland export coal chains

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Everett, Sophia and Robinsone, Ross (2012) Value innovation : new entrants and chain restructuring in Australia's north Queensland export coal chains. Journal of International Logistics and Trade, 10 (3). pp. 3-17. ISSN 1738-2122


Recently, the entry of new players has prompted significant restructuring in the Australian coal market with value migrating away from the existing fragmented, traditional production/export model characterised by competing operators generally using 'common user' infrastructure facilities to new, fully integrated supply chains creating a multi-tiered production-consumer framework. This paper argues that not only are coal markets restructuring but they are doing so within the framework of a significant paradigm shift towards efficiency-seeking and efficiency-driven mechanisms. Value innovation and a deregulated market are enabling operators to enter the industry seeking and implementing end-to-end control of the supply chain - and, in so doing, capturing the significant gains of integration. This paper explores these changes within the framework of integrative efficiency - a product of end-to-end control by a single party, derived from a number of companies, or chain elements, working cooperatively rather than competitively, or a single operator vertically integrating the chain from point of production to point of consumption to capture and deliver significantly higher value. The paper focuses attention on this paradigmatic shift in a brief though detailed case study of a major new industry entrant into export coal chains from the rapidly developing Galilee Basin in northern Queensland. It examines the dynamics and implications of this shift in the context of chain efficiency and value innovation

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ILSCM)
Keywords ResPubID26747, ResPubID26748, value innovation, integrated supply and value chains, bulk ports, coal chains, chain control, integrative efficiency, exports, Queensland
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