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Record number 411259
Title Greenhouse vegetable production in The Netherlands and Switzerland: A grounded look at sector competitiveness
Author(s) Mann, S.; Breukers, A.; Schweiger, J.; Mack, G.
Source Competitiveness Review : An International BusinessJournal incorporating Journal of Global Competitivenss 21 (2011)4. - ISSN 1059-5422 - p. 339 - 351.
Department(s) LEI SECT & OND - Duurzame Ontwikkeling Agrosectoren
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a theory that is sufficiently adapted to sector competitiveness. The case of greenhouse vegetable production in The Netherlands and Switzerland is used to explain differences in sector competitiveness. Design/methodology/approach – Interviews focusing on the fields of spatial planning, labor, energy supply, and market organization were carried out with stakeholders and producers in both countries and evaluated by Grounded Theory. Findings – The work shows that the flexibility not only of producers, but also of the whole institutional framework in The Netherlands exceeds the flexibility on the Swiss side by far, which may be an important factor for explaining differences in competitiveness. Research limitations/implications – The result that it is a basic difference in flexibility and adaptability that determines sector competitiveness is valid for the vegetable sector. It should be examined whether similar patterns can be found in other sectors. Originality/value – The competitiveness discussion is transferred to a new economic level, namely the economic sector. Likewise, new answers are found in looking for explanations for differences in competitiveness.
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