Optimising economic, environmental, and social objectives: a goal-programming approach in the food sector

Oglethorpe, David (2010) Optimising economic, environmental, and social objectives: a goal-programming approach in the food sector. Environment and Planning A, 42 (5). pp. 1239-1254. ISSN 0308-518X

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The business-decision environment is increasingly complicated by the emergence of competing economic, environmental, and social goals, a notion typified by the current pressures of global economic instability and climate-change targets. Trade-offs are often unclear and contributions by different actors and stakeholders in the supply chain may be unequal but, due to the interdependencies between businesses and stakeholders in relation to total environmental or social impact, a whole chain, simultaneous, and strategic approach is required. After a review of relevant literature and the identification of knowledge gaps, the author introduces and illustrates the use of goal programming as a technique that could facilitate this approach and uses real case evidence for alternative food supply chain strategies, at local, regional, and national levels. It is shown that the method can simplify a complex simultaneous decision situation into a useful and constructive decision and planning framework. Results show how a priori beliefs may be challenged and how operational and resource efficiency could be improved through the use of such a model, which enables a broad stakeholder appreciation and the opportunity to explore and test new environmental or social challenges.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
L100 Economics
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2010 12:38
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 17:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/792

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