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Export problems perceptions and clustering of Greek wine firms

Christos Karelakis (Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Konstadinos Mattas (Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)
George Chryssochoidis (Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens, Votanikos, Greece)

EuroMed Journal of Business

ISSN: 1450-2194

Article publication date: 16 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to further develop the extant export problems literature by focusing on a context that has attracted limited attention so far, namely the wine sector. The objective is to examine empirically Greek wine firms' perceptions of the factors that may impede their export activities.

Design/methodology/approach

Primary data were gathered from 110 wine firms that responded to a battery of exporting problem items. A combination of exploratory, confirmatory and cluster analyses were employed to classify and profile firms according to their perceptions about the frequency of export problems.

Findings

Three clearly distinct clusters were formed. The results indicate that export problems are likely to occur in firms that are more passive in terms of export activities than in firms that adopt active and competitive export postures.

Research implications/limitations

The findings are interpreted and discussed in the light of extant theory. Particular attention is paid to the implications for management and public policy administrators. The study is confined to a single country/single industry context and provides an overview of the problems experienced only by indigenous wine firms in export markets.

Originality/value

Although the study corroborates the extant literature, it is innovative in that the sample, i.e. the census population of Greek exporting wine firms, lends more credence to the findings for the particular sector and the export problems literature.

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Citation

Karelakis, C., Mattas, K. and Chryssochoidis, G. (2008), "Export problems perceptions and clustering of Greek wine firms", EuroMed Journal of Business, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 6-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/14502190810873795

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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