Exploring Alternative Models of Localisation in Food Supply Chains: A Theory of Constraints Approach

Heron, Graeme (2011) Exploring Alternative Models of Localisation in Food Supply Chains: A Theory of Constraints Approach. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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Local food and the localisation of food are beset by many problems in the UK. We have still yet to agree on a consensus view of the term ‘local food’ despite the call for an enforceable definition. The continued absence of rules around products and their relative spatial determinacy has lead to the development of both fluid, and subjective interpretations around the term ‘local’, as well as a willingness by key actors to readily conflate ‘local’ with ‘regional’ as a pluralistic device in a market worth £4.6 billion in sales from farm shops and farmers’ markets alone. This research sets out to identify and diffuse the problems we have in defining what local food is, and presciently, what it may become. The research itself utilises a qualitative multiple case study approach, engaging with a final cohort of 23 producers of similar products, but at different scales of supply, and across a broad geographic spread of England. In encompassing areas which do not have a reputation for local food, the research mitigates against previous micro-analytical research and adds both construct and internal validity to its data, gathered by semi structured interviews, process mapping and questionnaires. Template analysis is used as a data extraction tool in this research, which seeks to provide disambiguation around the sector and suggest a way forward which has the potential to offer greater derived benefit to current and future stakeholders.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Operational strategy, adapted theory, barriers to collaboration, resource inefficiencies, business model
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: University Services > Graduate School > Doctor of Philosophy
Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 11:34
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 15:36
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4395

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