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10. Weak Sustainable Development Trajectories and Evolving Organisational Physiologies: Empirical Evidence from Greece

Authors : Dimos Chatzinikolaou, Charis Vlados

Published in: Business for Sustainability, Volume I

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the physiological transformation of small firms in a less developed regional business ecosystem facing multiple development problems, barriers, and inadequacies. We present four field surveys we recently conducted in the peripheral Greek region of Eastern Macedonia–Thrace, on a sample of 230 small entrepreneurs, exploring their perception of the following conceptual triangles: (a) Crisis–Innovation–Change Management, (b) Strategy–Technology–Management, and (c) Human Resource Management–Education and Training–Innovation. We conclude that the sample firms exhibit symptoms of monad-centric business structuring and perceptual-functional weaknesses, which are due to their “traditional” physiology. These comparative weaknesses seem structurally and bi-directionally linked to the low competitiveness of this regional socioeconomic system.

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Footnotes
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Nevertheless, there were some exceptional cases of companies that deserve mention. We merely examined the apparent trends for most firms, focusing on less dynamic micro-businesses in the tertiary sector. However, by distributing the same questionnaires to more dynamic exporting firms (some employing more than 250 employees; cf. SEVE, 2018), we saw the distance between less and more developed firms in the REMTh. We also observed that even massive or flexible firms could have monad-centred elements.
 
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Metadata
Title
Weak Sustainable Development Trajectories and Evolving Organisational Physiologies: Empirical Evidence from Greece
Authors
Dimos Chatzinikolaou
Charis Vlados
Copyright Year
2023
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-37361-9_10

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