Existing strategies and policies have emphasized the need for cross-sector collaboration as a means for the forest sector to be more competitive. Cross-sector collaboration initiatives of forest sector companies with neighboring industries such as energy, chemicals, plastics, textiles, and packaging are gaining increasing attention as a necessary element for a successful transition to the bioeconomy. This situation presents a significant opportunity for forest sector companies to develop new products, explore new markets, and replace human dependence on fossil-based products with renewable materials. Despite this, no research has investigated cross-sector collaborations involving forest sector companies and the challenges these companies face in implementing collaborations.
In this study, a three-phase qualitative research design was followed to investigate key elements involved in collaborations between forest and neighboring sector companies, as well as assess forest sector company potential to collaborate with other industries. This study highlights the main drivers and benefits from collaborations and provides knowledge-driven recommendations to address issues, barriers, and challenges in implementing collaborations with other industries.
José E. Guerrero M. is pursuing his Ph.D. in Wood Science & Engineering under the guidance of major professor Dr. Eric Hansen. He studied Agroforestry Engineering as an undergraduate in Colombia and received a master’s degree in Science of Forest Products in Mexico. José is currently employed at a Colombian company, where he will be working on sustainability.
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