Managing Biomass Supply Chains: The Importance of Strategic Leadership

V. Muerza*, L. Urciuoli, E. Annevelink, J.C.M.A. Snels, J.E.G. van Dam

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This chapter explores the feasibility and advantages of integrated biomass logistics centres (IBLCs). These are centres aiming to collect residues from farming activities and transform these into new intermediate bio-products. Operations in these IBLCs aim to achieve economies of scale through integration of resources and business lines, while creating technical and environmental advantages for firms and societies. The experience from one agro-industry case study in Spain (fodder production) highlights the importance of leadership roles to manage the newly created supply chains, through the identification of strategic objectives and the coordination of operational activities. Hence, the scope of this chapter is to review the concept of IBLCs under the lens of supply chain management leadership. Thereafter, it will discuss the potential to transfer the IBLC concept to emerging markets, with examples for African agricultural crops.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeadership Strategies for Global Supply Chain Management in Emerging Markets
EditorsA. Dwivedi, M. Saad Alshamrani
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781799828693
ISBN (Print)9781799828679
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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