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Exploring entrepreneurial attitude and performance among Greek enterprises: the case of Epirus Region
Grigorios Gikas, Konstantinos Z. Vasileiou, Christos C. Frangos, Constantinos C. Frangos, Ioannis Sotiropoulos

Last modified: 2015-09-24


This paper reports on a survey regarding the entrepreneurship in Greece and more specifically in the Region of Epirus. 140 questionnaires were completed by entrepreneurs from the four Regional Units, and the study sample is rather representative of the most competitive and innovative businesses in the Region of Epirus. Entrepreneurs perceive that financial factors and, in general, the unprecedented adverse economic situation that has affected the entire Greek economy, are the main constraints they face. Moreover, in order to improve their company’s competitive position, they consider as top priority to enhance the satisfaction of their customers’ needs and ameliorate their communication with them. The majority of the entrepreneurs states to be relatively satisfied with their business performance (i.e. profitability, growth, market share), when compared with the industry average, but a very significant proportion of them believes that is the same or lower (around 50% and 30%, respectively). The number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is shrinking in Greece, despite the considerable public funds committed to directly support them through implementing investment plans. Thus, it is proposed to examine, in the future, whether such funds, or at least a portion of them, would be more effective in case they were disposed to increase consumers’ purchasing power and reduce the levies of the SMEs to the State

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