Exploring dynamic natural-resource-based capabilities for sustainable agri-food chains

McDougall, Natalie and Wagner, Beverly and MacBryde, Jillian; Setchi, Rossi and Howlett, Robert J. and Liu, Ying and Theobald, Peter, eds. (2016) Exploring dynamic natural-resource-based capabilities for sustainable agri-food chains. In: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2016. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies . Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH, GRC, pp. 455-465. ISBN 9783319320960 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32098-4_39)

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The natural-resource-based-view (NRBV) is positively presented in literature as a competitive approach to sustainable operations. In spite of this the theory has struggled to transition into industry; something which academics attribute to a lack of practical guidance and ill-defined capabilities. The purpose this study is to identify NRBV capabilities. This is done via review of seminal NRBV studies and exploration of a synergistic relationship with SSCM, permitting the identification of potentially relevant capabilities. Dynamic capabilities theory is then applied to categorize the capabilities and further enhance applicability. A qualitative multiple-interview methodological approach is employed to empirically investigate the capabilities within the context of the Scottish agri-food sector.