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Chain governance structures: the European traditional food sector

Xavier Gellynck (UGent) and Adrienn Molnar (UGent)
(2009) BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL. 111(8). p.762-775
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Purpose - The purpose of the paper is to identify chain-level, product-, and country-specific characteristics, of chain governance structures in the traditional food sector in the European Union (EU). Design/methodology/approach - The approach combined taxonomy compilation: selecting chain governance structures, Selecting determining variables and assigning values to them; and pilot testing: individual interviews with 54 companies across Belgium, Italy and Hungary representing cheese, beer, white pepper and meat chains. The number of participants is 54. Findings - It was found that the chains varied largely in terms of their complexity. Besides chain-level, product-, and country-specific differences, the retailers' size is a determining factor of the applied governance structure. Research limitations/implications - The research only considers traditional food chains. Practical implications - The paper provides guidance for selecting an appropriate governance structure given the characteristics of the chain, the products or the country. Originality/value - The paper compiles a taxonomy providing important insights to determining variables of the application of governance structures. Further, it analyzes chain-level, product-, and country-specific differences.
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Governance, Organizational structures, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, ARRANGEMENTS, PERFORMANCE

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Gellynck, Xavier, and Adrienn Molnar. 2009. “Chain Governance Structures: The European Traditional Food Sector.” British Food Journal 111 (8): 762–775.
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Gellynck, X., & Molnar, A. (2009). Chain governance structures: the European traditional food sector. BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL, 111(8), 762–775.
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Gellynck X, Molnar A. Chain governance structures: the European traditional food sector. BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL. 2009;111(8):762–75.
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Gellynck, Xavier, and Adrienn Molnar. “Chain Governance Structures: The European Traditional Food Sector.” BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL 111.8 (2009): 762–775. Print.
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Design/methodology/approach - The approach combined taxonomy compilation: selecting chain governance structures, Selecting determining variables and assigning values to them; and pilot testing: individual interviews with 54 companies across Belgium, Italy and Hungary representing cheese, beer, white pepper and meat chains. The number of participants is 54.
Findings - It was found that the chains varied largely in terms of their complexity. Besides chain-level, product-, and country-specific differences, the retailers' size is a determining factor of the applied governance structure.
Research limitations/implications - The research only considers traditional food chains.
Practical implications - The paper provides guidance for selecting an appropriate governance structure given the characteristics of the chain, the products or the country.
Originality/value - The paper compiles a taxonomy providing important insights to determining variables of the application of governance structures. Further, it analyzes chain-level, product-, and country-specific differences.},
  author       = {Gellynck, Xavier and Molnar, Adrienn},
  issn         = {0007-070X},
  journal      = {BRITISH FOOD JOURNAL},
  keywords     = {Governance,Organizational structures,Belgium,Italy,Hungary,ARRANGEMENTS,PERFORMANCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {762--775},
  title        = {Chain governance structures: the European traditional food sector},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00070700910980900},
  volume       = {111},
  year         = {2009},
}

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