Analysis of Productivity and Competitiveness in Beekeeping: A Case Study of Cundinamarca, Colombia

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https://doi.org/10.26668/businessreview/2023.v8i10.3328%20

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Productivity, Competitiveness, Beekeeping, Developing Countries, Business Administration

Abstract

Purpose: The objective of this article is to analyze the productivity and competitiveness of beekeepers located in the department of Cundinamarca, Colombia.

 

Theoretical framework: Measuring productivity and competitiveness is a fundamental aspect of business management. In the case of beekeeping in Colombia, which has artisanal nature based on local knowledge and traditional practices, there is usually a lack of records and information that would allow this type of study.

 

Design/Methodology/Approach:  We designed a questionnaire related to productive factors and competitiveness in beekeeping and applied it to members of the Association of Environmentalist Beekeepers. We determined the productive index and the profitability of assets and equity -identified as measures of the beekeepers’ productivity and competitiveness- for the year 2020 using a quantitative analysis.

 

Findings: The depreciation of fixed assets is the highest production cost. The organizational and technological management implemented by the producers, as well as the time dedicated to beekeeping, are relevant factors to achieve productivity and business competitiveness.

 

Research, Practical & Social implications: This research has expanded the comprehension of beekeeping as an activity with profound economic, social, and environmental impacts. This study can be a basis for other research works and policy design oriented to achieve a comprehensive measurement of business performance and make programs to impulse the beekeepers in the country.

 

Originality/Value:  This research broadens the understanding of the importance of cost management in the productivity and competitiveness of the beekeepers studied. We do not approach productivity as the quantity of honey and pollen produced but as the production efficiency. Competitiveness was evaluated using globally accepted indicators and easily interpreted to measure business performance.

 

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2023-10-06

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Ladino, R. C., Domínguez, O. F. C., & Jiménez-Hernández, C. N. (2023). Analysis of Productivity and Competitiveness in Beekeeping: A Case Study of Cundinamarca, Colombia. International Journal of Professional Business Review, 8(10), e03328. https://doi.org/10.26668/businessreview/2023.v8i10.3328