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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 251; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010251

Constructing a Hierarchical Agribusiness Framework in Chinese Belt and Road Initiatives under Uncertainty

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School of Business, Dalian University of Technology, Panjin 124211, China
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China Business Executives Academy, Dalian 116086, China
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Institute for Innovation and Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan
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Received: 16 December 2017 / Revised: 16 January 2018 / Accepted: 16 January 2018 / Published: 19 January 2018
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As a result of China launching its belt and road initiatives, an increasing number of firms are searching for an approach to developing sustainability. In particular, agribusinesses are encountering difficulties exploring decisive practices for sustainable food in a context involving diverse stakeholders. To clarify these differences in expectations between agribusinesses and their stakeholders, this study employs vague sets associated with interpretive structural modelling to develop a framework for agribusinesses and their customers. A comparison of these two frameworks reveals that the government still plays a key role in motivating sustainable food development in terms of establishing the relevant regulations and processes. Moreover, the customer is the final stakeholder that must be taken into account by agribusiness. Both agribusinesses and customers are concerned about health and safety considerations in sustainable food. Further details related to this context are addressed in the present study. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable food; stakeholder theory; agribusiness; vague interpretive structural modelling sustainable food; stakeholder theory; agribusiness; vague interpretive structural modelling
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Cui, L.; Zhang, M.; Wu, K.-J.; Tseng, M.-L. Constructing a Hierarchical Agribusiness Framework in Chinese Belt and Road Initiatives under Uncertainty. Sustainability 2018, 10, 251.

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