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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Evolution of Grocery Wholesaling and Grocery Wholesalers in Ireland and Britain since the 1930s
Author(s): Quinn, Jim
Sparks, Leigh
Contact Email: leigh.sparks@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: grocery
wholesaling
wholesalers
Ireland
Britain
Industry Evolution
Government Action
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Quinn J & Sparks L (2007) The Evolution of Grocery Wholesaling and Grocery Wholesalers in Ireland and Britain since the 1930s, International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 17 (4), pp. 391-411.
Abstract: Studies of industry evolution are relatively scarce outside of industries defined by narrow technological bases. Studies of wholesaling are rarer still. These are curious features given that it is probable that service industries behave differently to manufacturing ones and that wholesaling is such a key function of many economies. This paper looks at the evolution of grocery wholesaling and grocery wholesalers in Ireland and Britain since 1930. It focuses on the processes and drivers of the wholesale industry. Similarities and differences between the two countries are discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of government action as a triggering mechanism for change and on the role of trade associations and industry leaders in developing and following through on market and non-market strategies. The pathways of industry evolution identified differ from those seen in manufacturing. They therefore raise a number of issues for the development of understanding and conceptualisation in industry evolution studies.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1181
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593960701507641
Rights: Published in The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, Special Issue: Research Frontiers in Wholesale Distribution, Volume 17, Issue 4, September 2007, pp. 391 - 411. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0959-3969&volume=17&issue=4&spage=391
Affiliation: Trinity College, Dublin
Marketing and Retail Division

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