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The impact of internationalisation on the Swedish food industry: Competition and countervailing power
Centre for Regional & Tourism Research, 37 30, Nexö, Denmark.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2004 (English)In: Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing, ISSN 0897-4438, Vol. 15, no 1/2, 23-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The European integration process has changed the competitive landscape in many industries. The questions raised in this paper concern the reactions of national firms that are subjected to this process of internationalisation of competition.

This study highlights the vertical inter-dependence within a system of production and distribution. In internationalisation theory, most studies have focused on how firms become international or global players, where entrance into new markets is seen as a result of strategic decisions.

To illustrate this process, three industries in food production, that is the baking, the brewing and the confectionery industries, were chosen.

The results indicate that a supra-industrial strategic recipe exists, with a core content of specialised volume production. The discussion on company strategies focussed on the retail sector. The findings might be interpreted in the light of Galbraith's theory of countervailing power.

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International Business Press , 2004. Vol. 15, no 1/2, 23-52 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61439DOI: 10.1300/J047v15n01_03OAI: diva2:567774
Available from: 2012-11-14 Created: 2012-11-14 Last updated: 2012-11-15Bibliographically approved

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