Naamdr. D Dentoni

OmschrijvingAssociate Professor in Agribusiness Management and Strategy
OrganisatieDepartement Maatschappijwetenschappen
OrganisatieeenheidBusiness Management & Organization
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Dr. Domenico Dentoni is Associate Professor at the Business Management & Organization Group of Wageningen University (The Netherlands); co-founder of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2012; principal investigator of the projects "Value Chain Innovation Platforms for Food Security (VIP4FS) funded by ACIAR (Australia) since 2016, "Organizing for SMAllholder REsilience" (OSMARE) funded by NWO (The Netherlands) since 2018 and "Entrepreneurial Learning in Inclusive Agribusiness" funded by NWO (The Netherlands) since 2019.

Domenico’s research focuses on new forms of organization and organizing that trigger (or constrain) learning and change at individual and collective levels and thus address (or worsen) wicked problems around food and agriculture. Importantly, Domenico seeks to advance "engaged scholarship" as a schoarly practice of designing and conducting research with (and not just for) societal stakeholders such as companies, startups, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, the public sector and anything in between. To do so, Domenico's research methods are mostly inductive; and research usually starts as qualitative to become quantitative as more insights are collected.

After his PhD in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University (MSU, 2009) and holding a Lecturer position at University of Adelaide (2010), Domenico has received research grants for a total of 1,5 Million between 2011 and 2017 at Wageningen University from USAID, ACIAR (Australia), CGIAR (Global), NWO and Dutch Embassy in Kenya (Netherlands), Proakademia (Poland/EU) as well as private foundations in Ecuador and Italy. With these funds, 3 postdoc and 7 PhD positions were funded. Since 2012, his work has been published for publication in journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Food Policy, Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability, Agriculture & Human Values, Marine Policy and Journal of Cleaner Production among the others.

In terms of executive education, Domenico teaches participatory systems dynamics and value network analysis for organizational and systemic change. He is One Planet Education Network (OPEN) Fellow since 2017 and keynote speaker and executive trainer at the Nudge Global Impact Challenge since 2016. In 2019, he was recognized among the '25 Leaders to Follow in Food and Agriculture' worldwide by the US-based non-governmental organization Food Tank. At Wageningen University, he teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies at MSc and PhD levels, as well as Strategic Change Management. He was awarded with the Excellent Education Award in 2016 and 2018, and longlisted among Best Teacher of the Year finalists in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Among the others, Domenico's research findings lead to the conclusion that universities and other academic structures (such as academic journals) need remarkable organizational change to remain to be useful actors in society in the next three decades. For this reason, he engages as active member of the Employee Council of the Department of Social Science at Wageningen University.

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  • Engaged Scholarship: I strive to put in practice the principles of engaged scholarship (Ven de Ven 2007) in my research. That is, I attempt to conduct research with and for my subjects - managers of agri-food companies, farmers’ associations and civil society organizations, policy-makers and consumers - rather than just on them. I usually start my investigations from an empirical problem stated by or sensed from my subjects.
  • As a result, most of my research is: 1) inter-disciplinary across the fields of economics, sociology, psychology and political sciences; 2) inductive, often mixing qualitative and quantitative methods; 3) often conducted out of my office.
  • Andrew H. Van de Ven (2007). "Engaged Scholarship: A Guide to Organizational and Social Research." Oxford University Press. Click here for more information.
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Domenico is an agribusiness management and organisation scholar, with a passion for international development and food marketing.

My current research focuses on stakeholder management and the sustainability of agricultural and food value chains.

1. Stakeholder Management. I am tackling the broad questions: how do organizations create value by interacting with multiple stakeholders? What are the resources and capabilities that organizations need to interact with stakeholders effectively? Current projects deal with:

  • Managing Wicked Problems in Agribusiness;
  • Rise of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms and Cross-Sector Partnerships;
  • Building and Measuring Stakeholder Orientation.

This research is currently being conducted as part of the USAID (US Agency for International Development) Program on Higher Education Solution Network (HESN) in 2012-2017. It has published on the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and Journal of Corporate Citizenship. It is currently under review on the Journal of Organizational Change Management.

2. Sustainability & Authenticity of Food Value Chains. I am tackling the broad questions: how can small businesses survive in modern, global food value chains? How do consumers perceive and choose sustainable, authentic food products? Current projects deal with:

  • Consumer Perceptions and Choice of Food with Credence Attributes;
  • Networks Linking Consumers, Producers & Stakeholders Outside the Chain;
  • Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.

This research has been recently published on Food Policy, Agribusiness: An International Journal, British Food Journal, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Journal of Chain and Network Science, New Medit and Economic Botany. It is currently under review on Entrepreneurship & Regional Development and on NJAS: Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences.

  • BMO-26306 - Organisational Behaviour & Business Management
  • BMO-32306 - Strategic Change Management and Innovation
  • BMO-56302 - Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (PhD-level course)
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