Keywords and Phrases
Economic development systems; Engineering and technology entrepreneurship; Supply chains
This research develops a framework of Biobased Entrepreneurial Ventures for Rural Economic Development. Rural economic development poses unique challenges and opportunities, based on available production assets, workforce trends like "brain drain," and access to industry clusters. However, certain entrepreneurial venture opportunities are preferable for rural economic development. Since supply chains are vital to business success, initial emphasis is placed on the biomass resource base to be transformed through entrepreneurial activity into higher economic value outputs. The literature contains research on specific opportunities in rural economic development (e.g. ethanol, wind power). Many of these are limited in scope and depend on economies of scale. Thus, there is an opportunity for a framework offering utility for evaluating entrepreneurial ventures with biomass as a strategic resource. This research integrates three case studies which have been developed for publication. Case 1 features a regional scale biodiesel operation utilizing a flexible feedstock process technology with used cooking oils as a primary input. Case 2 presents a biomass opportunity with algae being harvested from a large wastewater treatment facility. Case 3 examines a prominent food processor's cucumber co-product fractions. These cases help illustrate a variety of factors, conditions and forces that a new venture may encounter. The cases are representative of a range of biobased entrepreneurial ventures with relevance for rural economic development. The resulting framework provides a basis for evaluating future opportunities based on defining characteristics and attributes, as well as entrepreneurial dynamics and regional factors.
Long, Suzanna, 1961-
Cudney, Elizabeth A.
Hanke, Ralph C.
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Ph. D. in Engineering Management
Missouri University of Science and Technology
ix, 120 pages
© 2012 Norbert Ziemer, All rights reserved.
Dissertation - Open Access
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Biomass energy industries
Biomass energy -- Economic aspects
Electronic OCLC #
Ziemer, Norbert, "Strategic management and entrepreneurship as economic development tools" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations. 2278.