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Technology Meets Flowers

Unlocking the Circular and Digital Economy

Paperback Engels 2021 9783030693022
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Why do the Dutch continue to play a central role in the global production, sales, and distribution of flowers? What are the origin and history of the bulb and flower industry in the Netherlands? How are Artificial Intelligence (AI), complex algorithms, and modern distribution systems ensuring that fresh flowers reach their destination on time? This very entertaining and informative book introduces readers to the global flower business, and highlights the surprising factors that helped the Dutch become global leaders on the flower markets. The book reveals the complexity of the flower markets in terms of their ability to produce, transport, and deliver fresh flowers on a global scale. In addition, it explores how information advantage is created by blending business with technology, from robotized glasshouses to the use of AI-driven algorithms for flower production and distribution.

In closing, the book presents lessons learned regarding the circular and digital transformation of the high-speed flower business and markets in order to deliver sustainable value for customers. Combining the light beauty of flowers with the harsh language of the digital universe is a masterfully executed task in this book, organized as a bouquet of algorithms, data science, and digital platforms. Mandatory reading for all those interested in the flower business as well as for those who want to know more about the perfume emanating from digital systems.

Eduardo Diniz Professor and Head of the Technology and Data Science Department, Escola de Administracao de Empresas de Sao Paulo, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, BrazilThis unique book leads you through the bulb fields and auctions of the Netherlands, through history, logistics, auction design, and Internet technology, to draw lessons in business management from the study of flowers. With beautiful illustrations. A tour de force.

John Kay Economist, Author of Radical Uncertainty and Greed is Dead, and Fellow, St. John's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United KingdomIf you want to understand the impact of information and technology on a fascinat- ing industry, this book is a must-read. The author explains in a highly intriguing way how innovations propelled the flower industry from the sixteenth century till today.

Whether you are working in the flower industry, a business student, academic, or just intrigued by the business behind flowers, you will enjoy this book! Martin Mocker Professor of Information Systems, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany. Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, Cambridge, USA


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Over Eric van Heck

Eric van Heck is hoogleraar Informatiemanagement en Markten aan de Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Universiteit. Zijn onderzoek in de bloemensector werd bekroond met de ERIM Book Award, voor het boek Making Markets, en de AIS Impact Award en INFORMS ISS Design Science Award voor onderzoek naar kunstmatige intelligentie in de bloemensector. Hij woont in Rotterdam.

Andere boeken door Eric van Heck


People Love Flowers.
Tulip Bulbs.
Glass City.
Dutch Flower Auctions.
Flower Bouquets and Ecosystems.
Blooming Algorithms.
The Future Is Circular and Digital.

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