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Resilience in the context of two traditional Spanish rural sectors: an exploratory study

Abel Duarte Alonso (School of Business, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 11 May 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The present study examines ways in which micro and small business owners and managers in the olive oil industry seek to adapt to emerging challenges and build resilience. In an increasingly demanding business environment, the ability to become resilient and be able to adapt to new or existing challenges is crucial. However, in what ways do micro and small business owners and managers seek to adapt to emerging challenges and build resilience? The present study examines these issues among micro and small wine and olive oil producers.

Design/methodology/approach

An online questionnaire was designed to gather the views of respondents on challenges, impacts of these challenges and strategies they consider to adapt to current challenges. A total of 93 winery owners/managers and 52 olive growers participated.

Findings

The findings identify increasing costs, decreasing consumption and the effects of the economic crisis as the most significant barriers, with impacts in the form of loss of trust in government institutions and loss of confidence in a soon economic recovery. To adapt and become resilient, enhancing promotional, educational and diversification activities, such as starting or growing exports, or becoming more involved in technology and social media are perceived as fundamental business strategies.

Originality/value

In considering elements related to the theory of resilience, the study provides empirical evidence of adaptive strategies among micro and small businesses, as well as ways to achieve resilience. Overall, the findings have important socio-economic implications for various stakeholders, including the sectors involved, government agencies, and ultimately for consumers, and local communities where businesses operate.

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Citation

Duarte Alonso, A. (2015), "Resilience in the context of two traditional Spanish rural sectors: an exploratory study", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 182-203. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-11-2014-0026

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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