Quantifying the Agri-Food Supply Chain

Edited by Ondersteijn, C.J.M.; Wijnands, J.H.M.; Huirne, R.B.M.; van Kooten, O. 
Springer  2006  

Hardback  242 pp  ISBN 9781402046926      £87.00

Softcover  242 pp  ISBN 9781402046933      £52.00
Due to globalization and internationalization of agri-food production, the arena of competition and competitive advantage is moving from individual firms operating on spot markets towards supply chains and networks. Therefore, coordination between firms within the chain becomes more important. Topics like costs, efficiency, risk and investment analysis have received little empirical attention within chain and network research. Nonetheless, these performance measures are of vital importance for continuity of individual companies, chains and networks.

This book aims at offering a coherent view on this matter by discussing the possibilities and limitations of quantifying performance, risks and investments in the agri-food chain. A wide variety of approaches from different economic disciplines was used to analyse the complex systems of agri-food supply chains and develop appropriate models for management decision support. Research gaps and discussion points are identified by an international forum of researchers in order to enhance progress in this field.

Of interest to management studies, agri-food supply chains, industrial organization, business economics




  • Quantifying the agri-food supply chain: overview and new research directions; J.H.M. Wijnands and C.J.M. Ondersteijn.

Measuring performance in agri-food chains:

  • Performance measurement in agri-food supply-chain networks: an overview; J. G.A.J. van der Vorst.
  • Accounting standards for supply chains; H. Bremmers.
  • Pricing and performance in agri-food supply chains; F. Bunte.
  • Performance indicators in agri-food production chains; L. Aramyan, C. Ondersteijn, O. van Kooten, A.O. Lansink.

Sharing costs, benefits, and risk in agri-food chains:

  • Retailers' supply chain, product differentiation and quality standards; É. Giraud-Héraud and L.-G. Soler.
  • Liability and traceability in agri-food supply chains; J.E. Hobb.
  • On the (dis)ability of the firm to quantify chains: a marketing perspective on sharing financial rewards; P. Ingenbleek.

Modelling agri-food chains:

  • Profitability of 'ready-to-eat' strategies: towards modelassisted negotiation in a fresh-produce chain; H. Schepers and O. van Kooten.

The value of information in agri-food chains:

  • Information management in agri-food chains; G. Schiefer.
  • The insurability of product recall in food supply chains; M.P.M. Meuwissen, N.I. Valeeva, A.G.J. Velthuis and R.B.M. Huirne.
  • Strategic alliances and networks in supply chains: knowledge management, learning and performance measurement; T.L. Sporleder.

Supply chain organization and chain performance:

  • Quantifying strategic choice along the vertical coordination continuum: implications for agri-food chain performance; A.F. Wysocki, H.C. Peterson and S.B. Harsh.
  • From corporate social responsibility to chain social responsibility: consequences for chain organization; J.J. de Vlieger.
  • Governance structures in the Dutch fresh-produce industry; J. Bijman.
  • Effective partnerships for agri-food chains: the impact of supply-chain partnerships on supplier performance in the UK fresh-produce industry; R. Duffy and A. Fearne.

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