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Agriculture 2017, 7(6), 47; doi:10.3390/agriculture7060047

Heterogeneous Organizational Arrangements in Agrifood Chains: A Governance Value Analysis Perspective on the Sheep and Goat Meat Sector of Italy

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Faculty of Bioscience and Agro-Food and Environmental Technology, University of Teramo, 64100 Teramo, Italy
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ALISS, UR1303, INRA, F-94205 Ivry-sur-Seine, France
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Department of Economics and Law, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, 03043 Cassino, Italy
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Academic Editors: Paulina Rytkönen, Javier Sanz Cañada and Giovanni Belletti
Received: 13 March 2017 / Revised: 18 May 2017 / Accepted: 23 May 2017 / Published: 26 May 2017
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Abstract

In the Italian agrifood sector, one observes heterogeneity in the types of quality certification processes. This heterogeneity cannot be explained by standard governance theories like transaction costs economics (TCE). We use the governance value analysis (GVA) perspective that synthesizes TCE and a resources-based view (RBV), to suggest that the observed heterogeneity in organizational forms is a result of heterogeneous differentiating strategies that farms have pursued in the face of competitive pricing pressures. To empirically test GVA, data are obtained using a survey methodology on lamb meat produced by local farms in the Abruzzo region of Italy, challenged by price-costs squeeze. Our empirical test evidences the relevance of the adopted approach, enlightening different organizational arrangements, strictly linked to both the strategic positioning and to the farms’ resources and core competencies. View Full-Text
Keywords: governance value analysis; LAFs governance; quality schemes; sheep sector; geographical indications governance value analysis; LAFs governance; quality schemes; sheep sector; geographical indications
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Perito, M.A.; De Rosa, M.; Bartoli, L.; Chiodo, E.; Martino, G. Heterogeneous Organizational Arrangements in Agrifood Chains: A Governance Value Analysis Perspective on the Sheep and Goat Meat Sector of Italy. Agriculture 2017, 7, 47.

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