Promoting Entrepreneurship in the Agri-Food Industry: Policy Insights from a Pan-European Public–Private Consortium

Industry and Innovation, Vol. 22, pp. 753-784, 2015

60 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2015 Last revised: 15 Jun 2018

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Daniela Bolzani

University of Bologna

Giacomo Carli

University of Bologna

Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management; Imperial College London

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: October 26, 2015

Abstract

Despite the importance of entrepreneurship as an engine for socio-economic growth, few attempts have been made to study how and to what extent industry-specific policies can sustain it. In particular, to date, there is only anecdotal evidence on which factors policymakers can utilize to foster entrepreneurship within the agri-food sector. In this paper, we attempt to fill this gap by developing, testing, and validating a multi-item scale, identifying five factors (i.e., people, money, network, technology, infrastructure) and sixteen specific tools (i.e., items) to be leveraged in promoting entrepreneurship within the agri-food industry. We carry out our study in the context of Foodbest, a pan-European public–private consortium created in 2012 to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the agri-food sector. By testing for differences in perceptions of factors’ and tools’ effectiveness, we find variations according to respondents’ organizational and country affiliation. We thus offer new insights into how public policy and public–private consortiums can proactively promote entrepreneurship in the agri-food domain.

Keywords: agri-food; entrepreneurship; public policy; public–private consortium; scale development; factor analysis.

JEL Classification: M31

Suggested Citation

Bolzani, Daniela and Carli, Giacomo and Fini, Riccardo and Sobrero, Maurizio, Promoting Entrepreneurship in the Agri-Food Industry: Policy Insights from a Pan-European Public–Private Consortium (October 26, 2015). Industry and Innovation, Vol. 22, pp. 753-784, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2680240

Daniela Bolzani

University of Bologna ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 2
Bologna, 40100
Italy

Giacomo Carli

University of Bologna ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 2
Bologna, 40100
Italy

Riccardo Fini (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Terracini 28
Bologna, 40131
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.unibo.it/faculty/riccardo.fini

Imperial College London ( email )

South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ, DC
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.fini

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
40126 Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy
+39 051 2098076 (Phone)

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