Small firms and flexible specialisation in Greek industry.
This thesis examines the extent to which the Flexible
Specialisation model of Industrial organisation constitutes a
v Iab Ie and app IIcab Ie strategy for sma II sea Ie manufactur Ing
firms In Greece. This Involves:
1. The evaluation of the Flexible Specialisation paradigm as a
response and as a way out of the crisis.
2. The analysis of the development trajectory of small scale
Industry In Greece.
3. The Identification of the current characteristics of sma II
manufacturing firms In Greece, their strengths and their
4. The evaluation of the future prospects of smal I scale
Industry In the light of the Flexible Specialisation strategy.
The first part of the thesis (chapters 1, 2 and 3) deals
wit h the Que st Ion 0f res truc turi ngin v Iew 0f the cri sis and
exam Ines a Iternat Ive ways of organ Ising product Ion. It looks
more closely to the Flexible Specialisation In the light of
academic experimentation with new concepts, ranging from post-
Fordlsm to Flexible Accumulation. It evaluates the strengths
and the weaknesses of the Flexible Specialisation model, and
considers Its merits against previous sma II scale Industry
The second part of the thesis (chapters 4,5 and 6)
exam Ines the po IIt Ica I economy of Industry In Greece In order
to unravel the economic, soclo-polltlcal and Institutional
factors account Ing for the emergence, conso IIdat Ion and
perSistence of small firms as a considerable part of the Greek
The third part of the thesis (chapters 7, 8 and 9) Is
based on evidence from fieldwork material on three
manufacturing branches (metalworking-engineering, clothing and
plastic products) and brings out similarities and differences
of alternative responses to the economic recession. It examines
the extent to which flexible specialisation principles have
been Introduced by some sma II firms In the sectors under
Finally, the fourth part (chapters 10 and 11) brings
together the main themes developed In the course of the thesis
In order to explore the scope and deslrabl Ilty of pol Icy
InterventIon In the dIrectIon of Inducing a flexIble
specialIsatIon restructuring pattern. The major conclusions of
the thesIs are summarIsed In the fInal chapter.