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Examining Gaps in Business and Logistics Skills and Their Performance Implications in the Agrifood Supply Chain in Greece

Panagiotis Trivellas, Panagiotis Reklitis, Catherine Marinagi and Giannis T. Tsoulfas
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Panagiotis Trivellas: Agricultural University of Athens
Panagiotis Reklitis: Agricultural University of Athens
Catherine Marinagi: Agricultural University of Athens
Giannis T. Tsoulfas: Agricultural University of Athens

A chapter in Strategic Innovative Marketing and Tourism, 2019, pp 199-205 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract Although supply chain management acts as a catalyst for national economy predicting sustainable growth and building competitive advantage, little attention has been paid to the necessary specific skills and competencies. This paper aims to investigate which specific skills may improve performance at the organisational and supply chain level. A field research was conducted with personal interviews to employees and managers at the logistics departments of more than 150 firms in the agrifood sector in order to map their skills and competences profile. Furthermore, statistical analysis revealed performance implications of the marketing and logistics skills at the organisational and supply chain level. Those skills need to be addressed in order to boost organisational effectiveness. Firms’ effectiveness includes aspects of finance, marketing, natural environment as well as logistics process performance. In addition, this paper contributes to management practice by indicating the critical elements of the successful logistics staff which facilitate business excellence and provide the necessary ground for training development of logistics personnel.

Keywords: Marketing; Logistics; Skills and competences; Agrifood; Greece (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12453-3_23

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