Clustering tales from the Greek construction sector: lessons from experience

Sofia Yfanti, David Edgar, Nikos Sakkas

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    The idea of increasing regional and national economic competitiveness through the
    implementation of cluster strategies is not something new. In each business sector, in
    each country, the creation of clusters has been used to capitalise on sector characteristics and address country specific productivity needs. While clusters have met with significant success in many context, the Greek context and in particularly the Greek Construction sector has not been so fruitful. This paper, through the
    development of a conceptual framework, questionnaires with 92 firms and interviews
    with 10 key firms, sought to investigate the critical success factors for the creation of
    a cluster within the challenging context of the Greek construction sector. Using evidence of good practice from other European countries facing similar challenges and the empirical data, the findings indicated a series of factors which firms could adopt, mitigate against or manage to help improve the potential success of the cluster.

    The findings therefore have important implications for interventions not only by the
    state and local authorities that will encourage construction firms to participate in a
    cluster, but also by the managers/owners/practitioners for the creation of the required foundations for their participation in an environment where competitors cooperate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-18
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Technology Research & Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2018


    • construction sector
    • Greece


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