The divergent transitions towards sustainable biofuel networks/chains

E.F.M. Wubben, D. Karamichas

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In this exploratory paper we investigate how Capabilities, Transaction Costs and Vertical Scope co-evolve, by testing the Jacobides & Winter (2005) model on the Biofuels Industry in the area of the EU. The theoretical framework is based on the Industrial Architecture theory but also on Transaction Costs Economics, Resource Based View and on the concept of the Dynamic Capabilities. Qualitative data on the institutional environment of the Biofuels Industry in the EU-15 was collected. Via interviews, qualitative data (case studies) was collected through interviews on the elements of productive capabilities, the vertical division of labour, knowledge and technology and attributes of the transactions. These conclusions include the verification of mechanisms 1 & 2 of the Jacobides & Winter (2005) model, in particular that the resources and capabilities determine the degree of vertical specialisation, with transactions costs as moderating factor. The conclusions of this project bring the need for further investigation on measuring the concepts of Capabilities and Transaction Costs together but also, on how to prescribe and measure the process of Capabilities development and the capabilities redistribution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe VII International Pensa Conference Proceedings, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 26-28 Novemberl 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventThe VII International Pensa Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil -
Duration: 26 Nov 200928 Nov 2009


ConferenceThe VII International Pensa Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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