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Food chain management for sustainable food system development: a European research agenda

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  • Melanie Fritz

    (Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Bonn, D-53115 Bonn, Germany)

  • Gerhard Schiefer

    (International Center for Food Chain and Network Research, University of Bonn, D-53115 Bonn, Germany)

Abstract

Food Chain Management is a rather new research domain. As a consequence, the domain and the research challenges within the domain are not yet clearly defined. This corresponds with the variety in the definition of food chains and networks that might focus on either closely cooperating enterprises along the value chain with an executive coordination element or, alternatively, on a network of enterprises in dynamically evolving business relationships. Management challenges in closely cooperating enterprises are closely linked to challenges in enterprise management and can draw on research in this domain; however, management activities in and for networks involve additional challenges that require focused research engagement. The dependency of all participants in the chain on consumers as the ultimate customers and the dependency of the quality of final products on the engagement of all participants in the production and distribution of products require new managerial activities and, in turn, support by research. This article discusses the background of future research needs and formulates priority challenges for managerial improvements toward an increased sustainability of the food sector. [JEL classifications: Q010, Q130, D290, L140] © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Melanie Fritz & Gerhard Schiefer, 2008. "Food chain management for sustainable food system development: a European research agenda," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(4), pages 440-452.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:24:y:2008:i:4:p:440-452 DOI: 10.1002/agr.20172
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