Managing international agrifood supply chains - Pathways towards a sustainable paradigm

Stefan Gold, Nathan Kunz, Patience Akwen, Gerald Reiner

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingContribution to conference proceedings


Drawing on academic literature concerning supply chain management and, more specifically, (global) agrifood chains, the extant paper proposes a conceptualization of factors of supply chain design and operations as well as effective governance mechanisms that facilitate holistic performance of agrifood supply chains. Furthermore, tradeoffs that probably emerge when aiming at comprehensive multi-dimensional performance are attributed to different supply chain strategy types. Asking why businesses and supply chains still postpone integration of sustainability and other non-financial performance measures into global agrifood supply chains, we point out that these measures represent in fact credence attributes not to be verified by the (final) consumer. This implies the propensity of businesses to engage both in hidden action concerning actual supply chain/operations management and conspicuous public relations. From these considerations we derive some research propositions to be tested in follow-up empirical and modeling/simulation research on global food supply chains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Academy of Management 2012
Editors European Academy of Management 2012
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Pages1 - 10
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102009 Computer simulation
  • 502052 Business administration
  • 502012 Industrial management
  • 211
  • 502017 Logistics
  • 502032 Quality management

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