This case examines a method of adding value through the exploitation of synergies that exist in an environment where there is diversity. The context of the case is a farm where biodiversity use to create value. This is compared to industrial agriculture, which operates on the principles of economies of scale. The case also provides the opportunity for students to discuss the environmental impact of different types of operating systems.

This case examines a method of adding value through the exploitation of synergies that exist in an environment where there is diversity. The context of the case is a farm where biodiversity use to create value. This is compared to industrial agriculture, which operates on the principles of economies of scale. The case also provides the opportunity for students to discuss the environmental impact of different types of operating systems.
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Deishin Lee,
Stephanie van Sice
Source: HBS
22 pages.
Release Date: 08 October 2010. Prod #: 611001-PDF-ENG
Polyface: The Farm of Many Faces HBR case solution