Innovation in agri-food systems – A systematic mapping of the literature (1997-2017) - Innovation at system level in agri-food. Meta-table of key elements categorized in mapping study (1997-2017)
SND-ID: snd1116-2. Version: 1.0. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5878/m9h7-6k80
Fredrik Fernqvist - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology
Sara Spendrup - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology
This study systematically explores, analyses, reports on and synthesises research on the topic of sectoral innovation systems related to agriculture and agri-food in OECD countries. It is based on systematic mapping of the literature (academic papers published in scientific journals) in the period 1997-2017. The aim is to show the state of current knowledge on sectoral innovation systems in agri-food, in order to identify knowledge gaps and future areas for research and provide methodological and theoretical perspectives. Abstracts for a total of 320 papers were analysed, using a qualitative approach. Key elements of agricultural innovation systems identified were organised into 8 main themes/topics: agents, basic technologies, knowledge and learning processes, mechanisms of interaction, institutions, end-users, system transition and contextual variables. Areas identified as requiring research included making the sector more consumer- and market-oriented, increasing interactions outside conventional system boundaries, including the consumer perspective and societal changes, and determining the... Show more..
Key elements in the 320 items included in the mapping were recorded, based on the abstracts. The key elements, subject or main findings were then summarised in a qualitative interpretation based on the abstracts.
The key elements were thematised and categorised following the thematic analysis method. This process was performed manually, using an ordinary word processor and the recorded key elements from the Excel sheet. The elements were sorted following a theoretical framing. The final synthesis in the mapping procedure included a variety of studies (qualitative/quantitative and based on different methodologies, theoretical approaches), but treated based on the key elements studied, and not on the way in which these were studied. The categorisation of key words/main elements, together with the unique identification number followed, makes it possible to find the corresponding reference in the Excel data sheet.
Notes describing parts of the excel sheet is available as a documentation file (Description Excel sheet mapping sectoral level) Show less..
Unit of analysis
Scientific journal papers
Time period(s) investigated
1997-01-01 – 2017-12-31
Data format / data structure
Geographic description: The material comprises studies made in OECD countries
Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology
- Funding agency: The Swedish Research Council Formas
- Funding agency's reference number: 2017-02019
Community, urban and rural life (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Agricultural and veterinary sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)
Economics and business (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)
Agriculture and rural industry (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Business/industrial management and organisation (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Spendrup, S. and Fernqvist, F. (2019). Innovation in agri-food systems - A systematic mapping of the literature. International Journal on Food System Dynamics 10(5): 402-427. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18461/ijfsd.v10i5.28
Link to International Journal on Food System Dynamics
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