Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2010 (Revised October 2011)

Polyface: The Farm of Many Faces

by Deishin Lee and Stephanie van Sice

Abstract

This case explores a method of value creation through exploiting synergies that exist in an environment where there is diversity. The context of the case is a farm where biodiversity is leveraged to create value. This is contrasted to industrial farming, which operates on the principles of economies of scale. The case also provides an opportunity for students to discuss the environmental impact of different types of operating systems.

Keywords: Agribusiness; Product Development; Production; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Environmental Sustainability; Value Creation; Agriculture and Agribusiness Industry;

Citation:

Lee, Deishin, and Stephanie van Sice. "Polyface: The Farm of Many Faces." Harvard Business School Case 611-001, October 2010. (Revised October 2011.)