Trends and Challenges for Management in Wood Based Sector in the Digital Age

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2024 | Viewed by 165

Special Issue Editors

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Department for Wood Science and Technology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: digitalization; management and organization; competencies; leadership; cost and calculations; bio-economy

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Department for Production Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: marketing and innovations in wood industry; trade of wood and wood products; wood products market research; cost and calculations of processes in wood industry; bio-economy; circular economy

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Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, 11030 Beograd, Serbia
Interests: market research and forecasting of market trends in the forest sector; techno-economic analyzing of production processes in wood-based industries; woody biomass; wood energy and forest products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The business environment has considerably changed in recent years. The main drivers of these changes are digitalization and concern for the environment and natural resources. Companies (and societies) are integrating digital technologies into all aspects of their business activities with the aim of increasing competitiveness and efficiency and promoting innovation. This includes transforming business models, strategic thinking, and customer relationships, thus enabling companies to adapt the way they work, communicate, and create value. However, these changes also bring with them numerous challenges regarding management. In addition, the requirements for sustainability and the implementation of circular economy concepts in business extend far beyond the boundaries of individual business units. Therefore, these changes must happen throughout the entire value chain, including the forest-wood value chain. Articles addressing the changes in the management of the wood-based sector, focusing on digitalization and sustainability, and offering innovative solutions to these challenges will be considered for this Special Issue. Original papers, reviews, and short communications are all welcome.

Dr. Jože Kropivšek
Prof. Dr. Darko Motik
Prof. Dr. Branko Glavonjic
Guest Editors

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  • wood industry
  • management
  • digitalization
  • digital competences
  • green economy
  • sustainable management, forest-wood value chain
  • wood products
  • trade

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