Innovation System in Agribusiness: New Institutional Economics, Sustainable Equilibria and Chaos Theory Public Deposited

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  • The aim of this paper is to propose a model to analyze and manage the scientific-technological innovation systems in public organizations dedicated to R&D in agribusiness, such Embrapa, under the terms of the theoretical system supplied by the New Institutional Economics. The purpose is to identify parameters that can increase efficiency and efficacy of strategic and operational management decisions of Embrapa in pursuit of sustainable competitiveness for Brazilian agribusiness compatible with the R&D demands, the society welfare and national development goals. The conceptual bases arose from Coase-Williamson-Penrose´s contributions, considering a “bounded determinism”, derived from the common assumptions of uncertainties of human behavior together with those of the external environments, affecting the key-variables related to transactions and to the growth rate of the firm. The boundaries of an innovative firm tend to be flexible and unstable, reaching cyclical but “sustainable fitter” equilibria, strategically designed to “seek for profits” over time, but made up of “remediable efficiency” which are farsighted view and organized as a discrete, comparative, economizing governance solution at a given moment and place. Mainly, the “dynamic capability approach” would give operational content to this model. A hypothesis is raised that, independently of the hierarchy of the system under analysis, this logical “process” of equilibria repeats itself, but their “products” are simultaneously related to temporal and spatial environments A quantitative system simulation based on the chaos theory is suggest to subsidy managerial decision-making and/or to empirically test the relationships among the key-variables of the model, applied to Embrapa’s “innovation system/subsystems”.
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  • Paez, Maria Lucia D'Apice. Innovation System in Agribusiness: New Institutional Economics, Sustainable Equilibria and Chaos Theory. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.
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  • Johnston, Richard S.
  • Shriver, Ann L.
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