Research agenda for SMEs in electronic platforms for the European food industry

G.C. Holt, M. Henchion, C. Reynolds, B. Baviera, J. Calabrese, L. Contini, C. Cowan, T. Dowgielwicz, C. Luscher, A. Maraglino, R. Prugger, R. Tononi

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Purpose - This paper sets out to provide a consensus position on the potential for the inclusion of small businesses in electronic platforms in the food industry. Design/methodology/approach - The consensus was derived through a Delphi-type series of questions in an open forum of academics and industrialists across Europe. Findings - The consensus reached was of the proven benefits of electronic platforms for small businesses and the need for further research to assess how small businesses can incorporate electronic traceability and supply chain management systems into their existing operations. Practical implications - Electronic platforms are spreading rapidly in the food industry. However, there is some concern that small businesses are not aware of the potential for electronic supply chains such as the potential that electronic traceability offers smaller networks to supply highly demanded food quality attributes such as organic production and regional foods. Originality/value - The paper addresses the highly topical issue of food origin with a new approach to the supply technologies behind the product. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42 - 53
Number of pages12
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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Holt, G. C., Henchion, M., Reynolds, C., Baviera, B., Calabrese, J., Contini, L., ... Tononi, R. (2007). Research agenda for SMEs in electronic platforms for the European food industry. Foresight, 9(3), 42 - 53.