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Title: Export or die : the Icelandic fishing industry : the nature and behaviour of its export sector
Author: Bjarnason, Arnar
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The main contribution of this thesis to knowledge, is its analysis of the nature and behaviour of the export sector of the Icelandic fishing industry. The thesis identifies the current structure of the export sector and focuses on the main characteristics of export behaviour of the exporting firms. The thesis starts by providing an insight into the fundamental role of exporting for economic performance in Iceland, and the distinctive role of the fishing industry in generating export income. This is followed by a descriptive analysis of the historical development of the three defined sectors of the fishing industry, i.e. the fishery, processing, and export sectors. A review of the literature on export behaviour of firms, is undertaken in the second part of the thesis, to provide a theoretical background to the empirical investigation, introduced in the third part. The third part contains a qualitative presentation of the primary information collected in the research, together with results from a questionnaire survey, which followed up some of the findings recorded in the qualitative analysis. This section identifies the main types of firm in the export sector, and analysis is made of the export behaviour of different groups of firms in the sector. Consideration is given to factors which encouraged the entry of new firms into exporting, especially during the 1980s, the firms' process of internationalisation, and factors identified by exporters as obstacles in exporting. The study also considers the firms' different objectives in exporting, and the main characteristics of their export marketing strategies and management.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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