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Agri-food Chain Relationships

Christian Fischer. Monika Hartmann

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Author: Christian Fischer. Monika Hartmann

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Against the background of global market liberalization, increasing consumer awareness and concerns and the spreading of complex technology, new ways to produce, distribute and consume food are evolving. The organization of agricultural production and distribution systems need to adapt, including the development and maintenance of sustainable business relationships between farmers, food processors and grocery retailers. While agricultural value chains have been promoted for decades, more attention is needed on how to enable economic agents to develop lasting relationships and trust within value chains.

Using qualitative and quantitative empirical results, Agri-food Chain Relationships offers an insight into the sustainability of current agribusiness relationships and discusses how these may be improved. Theoretical foundations for analysing agri-food chain relations are considered alongside case studies of different countries, food chains and chain stages regarding the issues of sustainable relationships and trust.

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Author Christian Fischer. Monika Hartmann
Availability In Print
Dimensions 248 x 176mm
Extent 288pp
ISBN 9781845936426
Publication date July 2010
Book Type Hardcover


PART 1: Agri-food Chain Relationships - Context and Theoretical Foundations

  • Building Sustainable Relationships in Agri-food Chains: Challenges from Farm to Retail
  • Collaborative Advantage, Relational Risks, Contracts and Relationship Sustainability: a Literature Review
  • Inter-organisational Relationships in Agri-food Systems: an Integrated Transaction Cost-Network Analysis Framework
  • Behavioural Economics and the Theory of Social Structure: Relevance for Understanding Relationship Sustainability

PART 2: Empirical Evidence on Relationship Types, Relationship Sustainability, Trust and Use of Contracts

  • Trust and Relationship Types in Agri-food Chain Relationships in Selected European countries
  • The Determinants of Relationship Type Choice and Relationship Sustainability: a European Cross-country Analysis
  • Enhancing the Integration of Agri-food Supply Chains: Challenges in the UK Malting Barley Supply Chain
  • From Transactions to Relationships: the Case of the Irish Beef and Pigmeat Supply Chains
  • Inter-enterprise Relationships as Determinants for Competitiveness in the Agri-food Sector: the Spanish Wheat-to-Bread Chain
  • Reviewing Relationship Sustainability in the Case of the German Wheat-to-Bread Chain
  • Vertical Relationships in the US Agri-food System: the Role of Agricultural Cooperatives
  • Guanxi and Contracts in Chinese Vegetable Supply Chains: an Empirical Investigation
  • A Review of the Trust Situation in Agribusiness Chain Relationships in the Asia-Pacific with focus on the Philippines and Australia
  • How Buyer-Supplier Relationships Can Create Value - the Case of the Australian Wine Industry

PART 3: Implications and Recommendations

  • Best Practice in Relationship Management: Recommendations for Farmers, Processors and Retailers
  • Improving Agri-food Chain Relationships: the Role of Government
  • Lessons Learned: Recommendations for Future Research on Agri-food Chain Relationships

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