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Valuation of an innovation strategy in the diversification of products in the agricultural auto parts sector

Elimar Veloso Conceição (Department of Economic, Administration and Education, São Paulo State University (Unesp) – Campus de Jaboticabal, Jaboticabal, Brazil)
Adhemar Sanches (Department of Exact Sciences, São Paulo State University (Unesp) – Campus de Jaboticabal, Jaboticabal, Brazil)
David Ferreira Lopes Santos (Department of Economic, Administration and Education, São Paulo State University (Unesp) – Campus de Jaboticabal, Jaboticabal, Brazil)

Agricultural Finance Review

ISSN: 0002-1466

Article publication date: 15 August 2019

Issue publication date: 2 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to value an innovation project derived from a product diversification strategy in the agricultural auto parts sector, considering uncertainties and flexibility as sources of value for the project.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study project is presented and valued using real options, with the possibility of including new information modelled by Bayes’ theorem, which enables the fitting of the probabilities of the project for the purpose of valuation through the decision tree method.

Findings

The results indicate the effect of new information and provide implications for value creation, demonstrating the need for a more profound and systematic approach to the use of investment strategies considering factors endogenous and exogenous to a firm that can and should be considered in the decision-making process.

Practical implications

This study contributes to an understanding of the relationship of strategy and innovation through product diversification with value creation and serves as a guide for controlling the possibility of investments in diversified companies and agribusiness using the methodology discussed in this paper.

Originality/value

Valuing the inclusion of new information through Bayesian inference in the analysis of investments is a methodological feature that has received minimal attention in the literature. Therefore, the use of Bayesian theory for the real options model applied to agribusiness is the main innovation of this study to demonstrate new ways of modelling uncertainty in addition to stochastic processes.

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Citation

Conceição, E.V., Sanches, A. and Santos, D.F.L. (2019), "Valuation of an innovation strategy in the diversification of products in the agricultural auto parts sector", Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 79 No. 4, pp. 519-536. https://doi.org/10.1108/AFR-10-2018-0088

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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