the Development of the Biobased Economy (ARBOR)
Emiel Wubben (Wageningen Uiversity).
Firms and farms will have to feed 9 billion people sustainably in 2050, but
society needs new collaborative formats to be invented and disseminated to
sufficiently leverage biomass utilization. Synergyparks, such as the
sugar-ethanol complexes, agroparks, and biorefinaries indicate the potential
for the related broadened biomass valorisation.
Three billion more, non-western,
urbanized middle class people (McKinsey GI, 2013) will dominate trends in
the global food and agribusiness chains and networks, threatening global
food security. Land degradation, urbanization and an aging farming
population challenge conventional agricultural practices. In a world with a
growing population and limited natural resources raising production and
reducing waste are key, while halving our footprint. It is far from evident
that resource decoupling, sustainable intensification of agriculture, better
biomass processing and drastic waste reductions will be realized by
established business practices and public policies as we know it (Randers,
Agrifood and biobased non-food
businesses together realize the biobased transition with unprecedented
consequences. Mankind is used to various agriculture-based non-foods
materials, such as natural rubber, flax, cotton, palmoil in soaps, and
natural fibers in boards and car-plates. However, fundamental innovations in
these more conventional supplier dominated low-tech ( Pavitt, 1984)
businesses and sectors are at different life cycle stages, such as
CHP-stations, manure digesters, metropolitan food clusters, multi-functional
agriculture, biofuels, short-food supply chains and by-products utilization.
Simultaneously, (renewable) biomasses are at the basis of new industries
where high tech business engineers at institutes, spin offs and established
companies alike develop platform biochemicals and biomaterials, e.g.,
bioplastics, coatings, and specialty elastomers, for industrial appliances.
In sum, a broad spectrum of valorisation options of biomasses is in
development (see IEA bioenergy) but society pays the price for a fundamental
underspend on the related new organisational formats.
Along these lines, we encourage
submissions that further our understanding on a broad range of topics,
including (but certainly not restricted to) the following areas of special
• One can expect a further expansion
and (partial) integration of sectors in biomass based foodstuffs and
non-food products, or not? It will certainly impact business models for
value creation and value appropriation. How do food systems networks
(www.ngfn.org) change? What is the emerging industrial architecture
(Jacobides, 2006) where agrifood, chemistry, energy and agriculture relate
networks and supply chains eg., in synergyparks (Isakhanyan, et all, 2011),
to create valorisation synergies
• What can the application of network
analysis (Gulati, 20), (multi-) stakeholder management (Freeman), industrial
ecology and (corporate) governance learn us for enhanced biomass
valorisation, developing the biobased economy?
• What hybrid forms of contracting,
alignment, and dependency (Wubben et al, 2013) in chains and networks,
promote sustainable (cascading) biomass valorisation (see Biofpr).
• How can regions and municipalities
foster and accelerate development and use of biomass to already promote
EU2020 biomass objectives (ARBOR)?
We encourage submission of papers
that tackle a broad range of questions, therefor both conceptual and
empirical papers are welcome and we strongly encourage multi-disciplinary
submissions from strategic management, organization theory, industrial
ecology, industrial organization, supply chain management, stakeholder
management, network theory, and related food, agrotechnology, and spatial
sciences. In addition to the track session, submissions will be subject to a
blind review process and will be considered for publication in the Journal
of Chain and Network Sciences.
Please submit your abstract through
the WICaNeM submission system by 1 November 2013:
www.chainconference.wur.nl. Notification of acceptance is due 15 November
2013. Deadline for full papers is 6 January 2014. For further queries, feel
free to contact the track coordinator.