Risk and uncertainty in supply markets and sustainability-related innovation

Louise Knight, Alexandra Pfeiffer, Jim Scott

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tentially valuable innovations. In energy policy, much attention is given to analysing and incentivising customer demand, but new technologies also need new supply markets, to provide products and services to build, operate and maintain the innovative technology. This paper addresses the impact of supply constraints on the long-term viability of sustainability related innovations, using the case of energy from waste (EfW). Uncertainties in the pricing and availability of feedstock (i.e. waste) deter potential investors in EfW projects. We draw on prior supply management research to conceptualise the problem, and identify what steps might be taken to address it. Based on this analysis, we propose a research agenda aimed at purchasing and supply scholars and centred on the need to understand better how markets evolve and how stakeholders can (legitimately) influence the evolution of supply markets to support the adoption of sustainability related innovation. Within this broad case, specific themes are recommended for further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd annual International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association conference
Place of PublicationSouth Africa
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Annual IPSERA Conference 2014 - Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 13 Apr 201416 Apr 2014
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd Annual IPSERA Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleIPSERA 2014
Country/TerritorySouth Africa


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