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Intern. Center for Food Chain and Network Research, University of Bonn

February 14-18, 2011
5th International European Forum (Igls-Forum) on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks
Innsbruck-Igls, Sporthotel Igls, Austria
Theme and Background: The production and marketing of food takes place in an interdependent dynamic system, the food system, involving activities of - enterprises in chains and networks in agriculture, food processing, and retail and - consumers, media, and an institutional environment for policy, marketing, and management support. Among the actors of the food system and between the food system and the political, economic, technical, socio-cultural, and natural environment, dynamic interactions and interdependencies occur. These dynamics cause a constant challenge for actors in the food system towards the development of strategies that ensure sustainability and competitiveness for themselves and for the food sector as a whole. Key success factors for meeting this challenge are, among others, innovations and the system??s capability for innovations that aim at sustainable system dynamics. Innovations for the food system regard production, organization (internal processes, logistics, and marketing), technology, and management including the flexibility and speed to adapt to changing conditions and scenarios. System innovations and dynamics in food chains and networks could focus on such diverse elements as - inter-company quality systems and quality standards, - inter-organizational information systems (e.g. for chain management or tracking and tracing), - risk management, regional or global logistics systems - chain goverrnance structures, - new business-to-business relationships that are highly responsive to dynamic consumer and market demands, etc. They require coordination of actors and the acceptance of risk, elements that are themselves up for innovative developments. The food system??s dynamic interdependencies need a multidisciplinary view; research is required to cross the boundaries of traditional research lines. [gem?_?? den Informationen des Anbieters - according to site editor's information]
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