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Which strategic orientation for systemic integration? A study on the organic olive oil industry

Which strategic orientation for systemic integration? A study on the organic olive oil industry In the agro-food industry, a hard constraint to farms development is the business dimension: the strategy of horizontal aggregation among producers could represent a way to overcome this problem. A condition for the effectiveness of the systemic firms integration is the inter-firms consonance. The paper aims at verifying the consonance among farms for their systemic integration feasibility assessment. Few studies on the topic can be found in the academic literature. For this purpose, an exploratory survey in the organic olive oil industry, based on multiple case studies, is presented: data are collected through a web-based survey submitted to a population of 200 firms and analysed by comparing their market positioning with their strategic orientation. The understanding of the systemic integration enhancing factors in the agro-food supply chain, such as the strategic orientation, can help farms in formulating and implementing the strategy of horizontal aggregation among producers, called producers organisation (PO). Keywords: strategic orientation; extra virgin organic olive oil; systemic integration; network; producers organisation. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Silvestri, R., Santovito, S., La Sala, P. and Contò, F. (2016) ` A study on the organic olive oil industry', Int. J. Applied Systemic Studies, Vol. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies Inderscience Publishers

Which strategic orientation for systemic integration? A study on the organic olive oil industry

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1751-0589
eISSN
1751-0597
DOI
10.1504/IJASS.2016.079086
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Abstract

In the agro-food industry, a hard constraint to farms development is the business dimension: the strategy of horizontal aggregation among producers could represent a way to overcome this problem. A condition for the effectiveness of the systemic firms integration is the inter-firms consonance. The paper aims at verifying the consonance among farms for their systemic integration feasibility assessment. Few studies on the topic can be found in the academic literature. For this purpose, an exploratory survey in the organic olive oil industry, based on multiple case studies, is presented: data are collected through a web-based survey submitted to a population of 200 firms and analysed by comparing their market positioning with their strategic orientation. The understanding of the systemic integration enhancing factors in the agro-food supply chain, such as the strategic orientation, can help farms in formulating and implementing the strategy of horizontal aggregation among producers, called producers organisation (PO). Keywords: strategic orientation; extra virgin organic olive oil; systemic integration; network; producers organisation. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Silvestri, R., Santovito, S., La Sala, P. and Contò, F. (2016) ` A study on the organic olive oil industry', Int. J. Applied Systemic Studies, Vol.

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International Journal of Applied Systemic StudiesInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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