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Despite the external costs, the availability and flexibility of road transport has several comparative advantages over other transport modes. For the client, the quality factors will vary depending on what is being transported. For some, time is of the essence and a modal shift will occur only if the new mode offers time improvements or new capacity is no longer available, while for others it is mostly a matter of costs. The outcome is a series of decision made by firms (for freight) to shift to another mode if comparative advantages are significant enough.
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Comparative advantages can involve the difference in cost, time, level of service or reliability between two modes. The higher it is, the more there is an incentive to switch from one mode to the other.
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eKnow IT focuses on using innovative (educational platform online) and highly effective (Case Study) training tools to present indisputable comparative advantages of transport modes and solutions besides the road (for courses, seminars, workshops, fairs and business articles) and other related contends that will:
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Show cooperation between short-sea shipping, rail and road transport
Demonstrate how to integrate railways, short-sea shipping and roads in the logistics supply chain
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Improve the understanding of intermodal freight transport and external costs
Improve the knowledge and use of TEN-T corridors.
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A strong level of inertia makes the modal shift a slow and sometimes difficult to perceive process. Inertia implies that the modal shift is often much less significant than expected, leading to a situation of underperformance. The reasons behind inertia are linked to accumulated investments and assets in the existing mode and its terminals. Thus, a corporation will be reluctant to relinquish those assets even if the comparative advantages of the other mode are significant. Management preferences also play a role as expertise was developed to manage flows on the previous mode and may be difficult to adapt to the new mode. The negotiation of new procedures and contracts are certainly tasks corporations are unwilling to undertake if the benefits are not readily apparent.
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Though the Target Groups (Universities, Training Centers, Journals, e.g.) these contents (comparative advantages) will reach learners and or professionals that are or will be active players in the decision process in organizations within the transport system.
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The fact that the existing mode has a proven reliability, even if costly, will also play in delaying a potential modal shift. This may incite modal rationalization, implying that in view of existing (or perceived) competition, additional efforts will be made to more effectively use the assets of the existing mode. Supply chain management can also contribute to this inertia since a modal shift is likely to result in a change on the load unit, the frequency and the time performance of freight flows, which requires an adjustment in practices.
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To overcome this inertia, the proposed common learning actions aim to present clearly how (process) and why (problem) modal shift was already achieved with success in Europe.
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Also, in order to surpass the management entropy, eKnow IT will use the case study method, since it's considered most effective for developing critical-thinking skills (McEwen 1994).
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Intermodal and Multimodal transportation is growing faster than ever before due to the efficiency, flexibility and speed of delivered that can be achieved with the combination of different modes of transit. It seems that the upward trend observed over the past 4-5 years will continue increasing the demand for high-quality information and courses on these transport services.
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Based on stakeholders' characteristics and their specific cultural characteristics, the training contents developed (the case studies created by scientific staff of the eKnow IT) will be adapted into solutions, taking into account the training needs and gaps identified thus improving their performance at individual and organizational level.
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Each case study will be followed by training activities, e-seminars, FAQS and other actions to promote the good practices, sharing ideas, reflection, solving problems and to confront theory with empiric knowledge. The training on transport services by the use of Case studies allows the incorporation of all the elements that add value, namely service, price, transit time, environmental efficiency and traceability of operations, covering all the main aspects that must be taken into account when designing and planning transport chains.
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# Co-funded by the Marco Polo Programme of the European Union
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