Managerial strategies in canning industries: A case study of early twentieth century Portugal

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Abstract

The paper discusses entry barriers in the Portuguese canning industries in the early twentieth century. The most important challenge facing the canning industries was a dependence on unsteady supply of raw material. The available technology, branding trademarks, product differentiation and product quality, versus abundance or scarcity of resources to be used as inputs and international trade presented contradictory effects on entry barriers. The paper discusses entry barriers in the Portuguese canning industries in the early twentieth century. The most important challenge facing the canning industries was a dependence on unsteady supply of raw material. The available technology, branding trademarks, product differentiation and product quality, versus abundance or scarcity of resources to be used as inputs and international trade presented contradictory effects on entry barriers. Deterrence was inefficient, some foreign firms delocalised to Portugal, and the sector is an interesting case-study in the historical context of globalisation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-58
JournalBusiness History
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • canning industries
  • Portugal
  • entry-barrier effects
  • deterrence factors
  • managerial abilities
  • branding
  • vertical integration
  • environmental history

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