Service-Based Bioeconomy—Multilevel Perspective to Assess the Evolving Bioeconomy with a Service Lens

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Abstract

Increasing role of services is often described as the increased share of services sector employment and value added in economy, although research on services addresses also the multiple ways how services are embedded in socio-economic processes and innovation. Integration of products and services is perceived with potential to improve efficiency in manufacturing as well as sustainability of operations. Improving technologies provide new means to organize production and define how value is created, distributed and captured. This paper seeks to assess the blurring borderline between manufacturing and services and its impact on the primary and processing industries within the evolving bioeconomy conceptualizations. An analytical framework is presented based on service research in the marketing discipline and the multi-level perspective to socio-technical changes; ‘service-based bioeconomy’ highlights the role that the further downstream industries have in defining the future bioeconomy. The analytical framework is illustrated in an empirical study context of the Finnish bioeconomy strategy with three mini-cases where the value propositions of traditional forest-based industries, emerging bio-industries and their further downstream customers are analyzed: biorefineries’ supply to sustainable textiles, wood-based solutions for sustainable built environment, and forestry solutions for biomass production and beyond.

Keywords

Bioeconomy Services Servitization Socio-technical change Finnish bioeconomy strategy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Päivi Pelli
    • 1
  • Jyrki Kangas
    • 1
  • Jouni Pykäläinen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Forest SciencesUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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