Introduction to Agility in the Forest Product Value Chain

Authored by: Jean-Marc Frayret , Nathalie Perrier

Forest Value Chain Optimization and Sustainability

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498704861
eBook ISBN: 9781315371696
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315371696-12

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Abstract

Agility can be defined as the property of a complex system that can quickly process timely and relevant information from its volatile environment to adjust its operations, processes, or goals in order to achieve efficiently and in a sustained manner its purpose. This general definition of agility can apply to any complex systems. However, in the context of a value chain, it can be seen as either the ability to quickly and efficiently take advantage of new business opportunities or customer demands, or the ability to remain efficient and profitable in a volatile environment. Although both are not mutually exclusive, the latter does not necessarily imply taking advantage of new business opportunities.

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