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Food safety incidents’ influence on the food industry : How food companies perceive environments and how they react strategically

Kaisheng Zeng (Lingnan College, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China)
Xiaohui Luo (Lingnan College, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China)
Yinglin Liu (Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China)

China Agricultural Economic Review

ISSN: 1756-137X

Article publication date: 29 April 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purposes of this paper are to find out the correlations between the changes of food companies’ environments and the strategic reactions of food companies after the media disclosed that there were food safety incidents out there in the food markets.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses a randomly sampling survey of 139 food enterprises in China. After statistical significance and statistical power were examined, canonical correlation analysis was used as the main data analysis technique of this research.

Findings

Based on the environment-strategy paradigm, the authors found that the changes of the competition environment, resource environment, and institution environment in the food industry have significant association with food companies’ strategic reactions such as public relations, networking with firms and futurity after food safety incidents in the food market were disclosed.

Originality/value

The paper is the first to quantitatively examine the relationships between the changes of food companies’ environments and the strategic reactions of food companies after the media disclosed that there were food safety incidents in the food markets. The findings of this paper send novel and important messages to government decision makers and the public, evidencing how food companies strategically respond to external environmental changes, and suggesting that the institution-builder as well as the media have more work to do in the aftermath of food safety incidents.

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Citation

Zeng, K., Luo, X. and Liu, Y. (2014), "Food safety incidents’ influence on the food industry : How food companies perceive environments and how they react strategically", China Agricultural Economic Review, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 264-277. https://doi.org/10.1108/CAER-07-2012-0073

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