Dr Linh Chi Vo, Lecturer in Strategy, Knowledge Management & Innovation, Dr Mary-Catherine Lavissière, Assistant Professor in Methodology & Personal Development and Dr Alexandre Lavissière, Assistant Professor in Supply Chain, Management and Logistics, were awarded the best maritime article prize for emerging economies during the 26th conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), attended by the 100 best maritime economists in the world in Mombasa (Kenya) in September 2018.
Their article entitled ‘Empowerment of women port executives in Africa: a study of institutional conflicts’ addresses the internal conversion of port women executives in Africa. In a very male and often sexist environment, these senior executives meet with many difficulties. The article shows the mechanisms by which these women overcome prejudice and obstacles to build their own careers.
The article is based on a study by the three researchers together with EM Normandie’s Institut Portuaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER), which trains female port executives every year under the aegis of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a UNO agency. This research project is fully in line with the sustainable development goals (Goal N° 7) that the UNO has set since the beginning of the 21st century. The article is currently being reviewed by a famous international journal.