Potential woody biomass supply chain scenarios: A conceptual study

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The interconnectivity among various business entities and physical functions of woody biomass supply chains requires a system-wide perspective. Extant studies largely focus on individual business units or sets of activities. This paper takes a supply chain perspective to gain an understanding of potential woody biomass supply chains. The study draws insights from an extensive review of literature to conceptualize potential woody biomass supply chain scenarios. Three woody biomass supply chain scenarios and associated logistics activities were defined from the analysis of literature content. They are woody biomass sourcing from forest product manufacturers, forest landowners, and biomass pre-processers. Findings suggest that woody biomass as a marketable commodity creates business opportunities for loggers and forest product manufacturers. In moving forward, infrastructure and technological development is vital, encompassing logging capability and transportation and industrial infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Production Management Systems
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Production and Service Supply Chains - IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2013, Proceedings
EditorsVittal Prabhu, Marco Taisch, Dimitris Kiritsis
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783642412653
StatePublished - 2013
EventIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2013 - State College, United States
Duration: Sep 9 2013Sep 12 2013

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


OtherIFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityState College

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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