Drawing out the Essential Business of Ports

IBIMA Business Review

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Rasha Ismail Fady
Arab Academy for Science & Technology, Alexandria, Egypt

Ian Beeson
Bristol Institute of Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, BS16 1QY

Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 882311, IBIMA Business Review, 11 pages, DOI: 10.5171/2010.882311

Received date : ; Accepted date : ; Published date : 12 March 2010

Copyright © 2010 Rasha Ismail Fady and Ian Beeson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License unported 3.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that original work is properly cited.


Process modelling is used to reveal the structure of business processes in a port. The method of process modelling used is Ould’s Riva method and the port it is applied to is Alexandria Port in Egypt. The main advantages of this method are that an overall picture of the business of a complex organisation such as a port can be drawn, and that essential elements of the business can be distinguished from secondary elements. An initial process architecture of the business of Alexandria Port is developed from the essential elements, the most important of which are ship and shipment. The architecture makes visible ways in which processes connect with and may affect one another. An architecture derived from essential elements can serve as the basis for a comparison of Alexandria Port with other ports, or for a redesign of some of the processes in order to streamline the business or to introduce new technological support.