Challenges In Institutions And Organizations

Discipline: EAD5988-1

Concentration area: 12139

Number of Credits: 4

Course load:

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About the course, we aim to:
• ..Introduce the most recent developments in the analysis of institutions and organizations;
• ..Provide tools to make these developments operational; substantiate the presentations with examples from several empirical studies in the field of agribusiness and network infrastructures
At the end, the students will be able to:
• ..Get a clear picture of some of the most recent research in the theory of institutions and organizations
• ..Get insights substantial enough to develop their own research (or at least identify which recent concepts and tools they could use for their ongoing research)

Important developments are going on in the field of institutional analysis and organizational theory. Beside innovative concepts and extension of existing one, there is a remarkable set of recent empirical contributions, all of which open new avenues for young researchers.

1. morning and afternoon
- Lecture 1: Ménard: The broad picture: Technology and Institutions: Layers and characteristics of their interaction. A renewed transaction costs approach

- Lecture 2: Martino: Case studies: Organizing process innovation in Olive oil and in poultry sector.


- Lecture 3: Ménard: The key role of meso-institutions in the delivery of critical services: building the concepts, implementing the approach. The example of 4 European Water networks

- Lecture 4: Martino: Case studies: Analyzing meso-institutional layers in Dairy sector: Brazilian and Italian examples

2. morning
- Lecture 5: Martino: Supplying safe foods: organizational and technological variables

- Lecture 6: Ménard: Non-standard forms of organization: The case of Hybrid arrangements with application to the agri-business sector

3. morning
- Lecture 7: Ménard: Contracts and relational contracts. What’s new? What effect of the innovative environment on the nature and types of contracts?

- Lecture 8: Martino: Case study: contractual preferences in modeling the organizational decisions in Agri-Food chains

Ménard (30’): Understanding institutions: some major challenges

Martino (30’): The variety in the Agri-Food jungle: some empirical evidences on organizational diversity and change

Extensive discussion with the audience

4. afternoon
- Lecture 9: Martino: Case study: People & Food: co-producing food, health and environmental values

- Lecture 10: Ménard: Challenging issues for organizations: Technological challenges (from quality control in supply chains to smart grids), policy challenges (from the allocation of resources in network investments to unfair trading practices in supply chain systems)

Avaliation methods:
The course grades will be computed using a term paper about the theoretical discussions made in class.

Class organization (e.g., seminars, lecture, etc.)
..Lectures/seminar, with interactive discussions with participants.


Ménard, Claude and Mary Shirley (eds). 2018. The Research Agenda in New Institutional Economics. Northampton (US) & Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar pub.
DOI: 10.4337/9781788112512
Martino, Gaetano et al. (eds.). 2017. It’s a Jungle Out There: The Strange Animals of Economic Organization in Agri-food Value Chains. Wageningen (NL): Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Papers (serão disponibilizados aos alunos)
(All papers indicated below will be available on the website of the seminar)

.. Sessão 1: Ménard,C. (2014) : “Embedding Organizational Arrangements: Towards a General Model.” Journal of Institutional Economics. 10 (4): 567-589. https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744137414000228
.. Sessão 2:
Martino, G., & Polinori, P. (2011). Networks and organisational learning: evidence from broiler production. British Food Journal, 113(7), 871-885. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-12-2016-0585
Martino, G., Rossetti, E., Marchini, A., & Frascarelli, A. (2017). Process innovation in milling stage in olive oil sector: Evidence from an empirical analysis in Umbria (Italy). British Food Journal, 119(8), 1748-1765. https://doi.org/10.1108/00070701111148405
Materia, V. C., Pascucci, S., & Dries, L. (2017). Are In‐House and Outsourcing Innovation Strategies Correlated? Evidence from the European Agri‐Food Sector. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 68(1), 249-268.

Karantininis, K., Sauer, J., & Furtan, W. H. (2010). Innovation and integration in the agri-food industry. Food Policy, 35(2), 112-120.

.. Sessão 3: Ménard, C. (2017). “Meso-institutions: The variety of Regulatory Arrangements in the Water Sector.” Utilities Policy, 49: 6-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2017.05.001
.. Sessão 4 : Magalhães de Oliveira G., Saes M.S., Martino G., (2018), Effects of meso-institutions on institutional voids and economic performance: Evidence from Brazilian cow milk industry, Working Paper
Martino G., Ventura F., Frascarelli A., Chiodini G., (2018) Decision and property rights patterns in organizing Italian dairy sector: case studies evidence for the new EU market regulation, Working Paper
Rouviere, E., & Royer, A. (2017). Public Private Partnerships in food industries: A road to success?. Food Policy, 69, 135-144.
.. Sessão 5 : Trienekens, J. and Zuurbier, P., (2008), “Quality and safety standards in the food industry, developments and challenges”, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 113, No. 1, pp. 107-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2007.02.050
Raynaud, E., Sauvée, L., & Valceschini, E. (2009). Aligning branding strategies and governance of vertical transactions in agri-food chains. Industrial and Corporate Change, Volume 18, Issue 5, 1 October 2009, Pages 835–868, https://doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtp026

Martino G., Toccaceli D., Bavorovà M., (2018), An analysis of food safety private investments drivers in the Italian meat sector, Agricultural Economics Czech (forthcoming)

.. Sessão 6 : Ménard, C. (2018). « Organization and governance in the agri-food sector: How can we capture their variety?” Agribusiness: An International Journal. 34: 141–160. https://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21539
.. Sessão 7 : Macchiavello, R. and Miquel-Florensa, J. (2017). Vertical integration and relational contracts: Evidence from the Costa Rica coffee chain. WP.
Gil, R. and G. Zanarone. (2018). Contracting in Innovative Industries. In Menard and Shirley-see above
.. Sessão 8 : Abebe, G. K., Bijman, J., Kemp, R., Omta, O., & Tsegaye, A. (2013). Contract farming configuration: Smallholders’ preferences for contract design attributes. Food Policy, 40, 14-24.
.. Sessão 9 : Martino, G., Giacchè, G., & Rossetti, E. (2016). Organizing the co-production of health and environmental values in food production: the constitutional processes in the relationships between Italian solidarity purchasing groups and farmers. Sustainability, 8(4), 316.
.. Sessão 10: Oh, S. and S. Wallsten, S. (2018). Is Blockchain Hype, Revolutionary, or Both? What We Need to Know. In Menard and Shirley (see above)
Ciaian, P. and F. di Marcantonio (eds.), Unfair trading practices in food supply chain. European Commission-Joint Research Center, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. Available at: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108394