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It’s a jungle out there – the strange animals of economic organisation in agri-food value chains

This book, edited by Gaetano Martino, Konstantinos Karantininis, Stefano Pascucci, Liesbeth Dries and Jean Marie Codron, discusses different types of organisations within the European agri-food sector.

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This book aims to explore the variety in organisational forms that exists in the European agri-food sector, and to identify an appropriate theoretical framework that includes a set of conceptual instruments to analyse this variety. Moreover, this framework should be helpful in the exploration of the relationship between organisations and the regulatory domain. The book focuses on organisational forms under two perspectives. First, it underlines the variety in organisational forms and their internal complexity. Second, it includes a series of case studies from different theoretical perspectives that highlight diversity within the agri-food sector, spanning from the adoption of standards to producer organisations. The book then proposes a conceptual foundation that can help in the design of applied theoretical frameworks to address the variety and the complexity of the organisational modes in agri-food supply systems.



Martino, G., Karantininis, K., Pascucci, S., Dries, L. and Codron, J.M. eds., 2017. It’s a jungle out there–the strange animals of economic organization in agri-food value chains.

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