Local entrepreneurs' involvement in strategy building to facilitate agro-food waste valorisation within an agro-food technological district: A SWOT-SOR approach

Maurizio Prosperi, Roberta Sisto, Antonio Lopolito, Valentina C. Materia

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Abstract

The paper focuses on Agro-food waste valorization conceived as a long-term, complex socio-technical process involving several different actors belonging to multiple levels. Although this process is typically affected by a series of uncertainties, the convergence of stakeholders' expectations proves to be a means to overcoming barriers, as it acts as the foundation of a shared agenda setting which formalizes the coordination efforts among the actors involved in an innovation process. Applying the strategic niche management (SNM) framework to the case of the Apulia Agro-Food Technology District (DARe), whose mission is to promote a bio-based industry for food-waste valorization, the paper proposes an operational tool capable of designing the strategy based on the entrepreneurs' knowledge. The DARe aims to promote the technological innovation of agro-food firms located in the South of Italy. The results of a SWOT-SOR analysis led to the establishment of a twofold strategy aimed at (a) promoting the innovation of more active and dynamic firms, and (b) reducing the gap between "pioneer" and "laggard" firms, with the result of promoting integrated innovation throughout the entire district.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4523
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume12
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Agenda setting
  • Agro-food waste valorization
  • Convergence of expectations
  • Socio-technical barriers
  • Socio-technical transition
  • Strategic niche management (SNM)
  • SWOT-SOr

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