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The changing face of the tobacco cluster in Northern Greece

Tourtouras, Ioannis; Chatzimichali, Anna; Tourassis, Vasislis

Authors

Ioannis Tourtouras

Vasislis Tourassis



Abstract

Cluster-based economic development is increasingly viewed as a focal point of policy-makers and researchers. A regional cluster may be defined as a geographic concentration of interdependent firms, that operate together to facilitate growth and innovation. Companies prefer to cluster, rather than being isolated, in order to work more effectively and to achieve higher rates of productivity. This paper focuses on the agro-industrial cluster of tobacco in Northern Greece, a traditional leader of economic growth for the region. This empirical study examines the set of cluster actors that operate in production, processing and trade of tobacco. The geographic concentration of economic activities regarding tobacco in Northern Greece and the related economic developments in regional economy are discussed, as the first step towards identifying the pertinent success factors as well as future trends.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Jun 24, 2009
Publication Date Jun 1, 2009
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Tourtouras, I., Chatzimichali, A., & Tourassis, V. (2009, June). The changing face of the tobacco cluster in Northern Greece. Paper presented at The 5th HSSS National and International Conference
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Proceedings of the 5th HSSS National and International Conference