Robert Bowen

Robert Bowen
Cardiff University | CU · Cardiff Business School

PhD The Internationalisation of Food and Drink SMEs

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Introduction
Research on rural development/entrepreneurship/economy.
Skills and Expertise
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - June 2022
Swansea University
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
September 2013 - June 2018
Aberystwyth University
Field of study
  • Business
September 2011 - October 2012
Audencia Business School
Field of study
  • International Master in Management
September 2001 - June 2005
Cardiff University
Field of study
  • French and German

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Publications (31)
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After the successful publication of Issue 12: The transition towards a green economy and deals, we are launching a Call for Papers for Issue 13. Within the Sustainable Regional Futures theme for the 2022 issues of Regions, the topic for Issue 13 is “Pathways to a regional circular economy”.
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Within the Sustainable Regional Futures theme for the 2022 issues of Regions, the topic for Issue 12 is “the transition towards a green economy and deals”. The UN Environment Programme defines the green economy as low carbon, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive. In such a green-oriented economy, growth and income are driven by public and pri...
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This paper examines the implications of the 'digital divide' on the capabilities for Small and Medium Sized enterprises (SMEs) to operate in the face of challenging economic times, such as the Coronavirus pandemic. Previous research has shown that rural businesses, especially SMEs, are more impacted by lower levels of digital connectivity than thos...
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The overarching theme for the three issues of Regions in 2021 is Regions in Transition. This third and last issue of 2021, issue 11, concludes the theme of Regions in transition by discussing the future of cities and regions in the recovery from COVID-19. The Editorial Team invited authors to contribute with articles investigating new forms of res...
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Purpose The aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of the diaspora effect on food tourism. Focussing on the nexus of diaspora marketing, entrepreneurship and food tourism, this paper seeks to explore opportunities for food and drink small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in food tourism activities through diaspora marketing. D...
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This chapter investigates how food microenterprises leverage cultural representations to develop the tourism offering of a place. Food tourism is considered to provide visitors with cultural experiences of place. In a homogenized world, authentic food characteristics enable tourists to have unique food experiences according to the place. This case...
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This chapter discusses the development of policies and practices within the Malaysian social entrepreneurship ecosystem, with the aim of understanding the role of social entrepreneurship in an emerging economy. While still a new concept in Malaysia, government efforts are accelerating the sector’s growth. This chapter evaluates the prominent issues...
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The Covid-19 pandemic – and subsequent lockdown policies established across much of the world – created unprecedented change for commercial organisations, with many businesses encouraging staff to work from home, placing staff on furlough and evoking redundancies. Furthermore, social distancing laws and restrictions on social gatherings meant that...
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In this Issue 10, the Editorial Team invited authors to contribute to redefining the urban-rural balance in this troubled time of a pandemic. We were particularly interested in articles on rural development and rural entrepreneurship as well as articles discussing topical issues of coastal and peripheral areas. We were also open to welcome articles...
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The overarching theme for the three issues of Regions in 2021 is Regions in Transition. This second Issue of the year meets a world running at different paces. While most of Europe and North America, have eased their COVID-19 restrictions due to a growing share of vaccines inoculated among the population, several other world regions are still facin...
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Diffinio marchnata rhyngwladol Deall ystyr 'marchnata rhyngwladol' a'r rhesymau dros ryngwladoli Yr amgylchedd marchnata rhyngwladol Adnabod y prif ddylanwadau macro, micro a mewnol sydd angen eu hystyried Strategaethau marchnata rhyngwladol Ystyried y gwahaniaeth rhwng strategaethau 'safoni' ac 'addasu' Y cymysgedd marchnata rhyngwladol Gwybod sut...
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Purpose This paper aims to investigate the potential for developing a unique coffee tourism experience in the Eje Cafetero region of Colombia, considering unique local traditions of coffee production, as well as local tourism infrastructure. Design/methodology/approach With the aim of observing coffee tourism experiences in-place, this paper uses...
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The overarching theme for the three issues of Regions ezine in 2021 is Regions in Transition. The coronavirus pandemic has led to new ways of thinking and operating in recent months, whether through the emerging prominence of virtual spaces, changing working habits, or feelings towards supporting the local economy. Transitions can be seen in a broa...
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Issue 8 is themed around Housing Issues in Urban Regions. Due to these trying times, Issue 8 that is now online, remains open until end of January 2021. November 2020 saw the RSA’s first globetrotting event series called RSA Global. The programme brought together the regional studies and science communities from around the world for three-hour pro...
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Mae busnesau fferm yn wynebu heriau cynyddol o ran sefydlogrwydd economaidd a dulliau cynhyrchu traddodiadol, felly mae’r erthygl hon yn ystyried rôl cynhyrchu ynni adnewyddadwy i gynnal busnesau o’r fath, wrth ystyried y cyfoeth o adnoddau naturiol yng Nghymru. Mae’r astudiaeth yn defnyddio dulliau cymysg er mwyn cynnal ymchwiliad manwl i rôl cynh...
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With a varied landscape, Wales is resource rich in terms of wind and water and a suitable location to develop many different forms of sustainable energy. Whilst farm businesses face increasing challenges in terms of economic stability and traditional production methods, this paper considers the role of renewable energy production as a form of diver...
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Articles in this themed issue address various examples of financialisation in operation, including the growing involvement of financial mechanisms in the housing sector, transportation and overall urban and regional development. Readers have a chance to explore impacts and implications of financialisation across different geographies, and a variety...
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Purpose: The aim of this paper is to evaluate how places approach the promotion of local food products and what it means to produce, consume and support local produce in a rural region. Design/methodology/approach: The study uses a participatory action-reflective approach through a series of 3 focus groups held over consecutive weeks with 9 partic...
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With a varied landscape, Wales as a space is resource rich and a suitable location to develop many different forms of sustainable energy. Whilst farm businesses face increasing challenges in terms of economic stability and traditional production methods, this paper considers the role of renewable energy production in sustaining such businesses. The...
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The aim of this paper is to investigate and define the role of entrepreneurial ecosystems in facilitating the international growth of rural SMEs. The paper focusses on Wales as a predominantly rural country, where the food and drink industry is a significant part of the economy. The paper aims to contribute to the limited literature on entrepreneur...
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This paper investigates the impact of broadband access on agribusiness in rural Wales and the resulting implications on entrepreneurial activity. Despite attempts by Government and telecommunications providers to developwidespread broadband coveragein Wales,concernsremainin relationtoan increasingdigitaldivide betweenurbanandrurallocations.Broadban...
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Purpose This study offers a comparative analysis of attitudes to small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) internationalisation in two different cultural settings, Wales and Brittany. The purpose of this paper is to conduct an in-depth investigation of attitudes to internationalisation among food and drink SMEs using mixed methods and focussing on bo...
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The aim of this paper is to investigate the internationalisation of food and drink SMEs, to identify and analyse the motivations towards a company's internationalisation, the conditions in which it can occur and the challenges that impact on this activity. Representing 99% of businesses in the European Union (European Commission, 2018), small and m...
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Objectives: The aim of this paper is to investigate the effect of company location on the propensity of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the food and drink industry to internationalise. Specific focus is given to the case studies of two predominantly rural regions, Wales and Brittany, with comparisons drawn between the two. SMEs are rec...
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Key words: SME internationalisation, food industry, place-based marketing, support, International Entrepreneurship Objectives: This paper examines critical success factors that lead to the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food and drink industry. A comparative study is conducted between Wales and Brittany, t...

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In 2017, Sally Hardy (CEO) and the board of the Regional Studies Association, presented to the former editorial team composed of Eduardo Oliveira, Michael Taster, and Julie Tian Miao with a challenge; to lead the transformation of Regions from a member-only printed magazine to a fully online and open access digital format (Regions e-Zine). Since June 2018, Regions is embracing the knowledge dissemination opportunities of the internet and presented the latest developments in regional studies to both the membership and the public. To achieve these goals, we have redesigned Regions in a dynamic, born-digital format. We have created new sections: Regional Insights, a selection of articles providing a fresh take on regional studies, Spotlight, an in-depth look at key issues for regional studies, Research Frontline, for articles demonstrating breaking and cutting-edge regional research and RSA Highlights, for news and reports from the RSA community.
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This research aims to investigate how rural matters are accounted for in city regions. The aim is to develop a comparative analysis of different city regions within the UK to explore how rural areas are incorporated into regional development activities.
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The project aims to investigate different methods of regional development, and seeks to develop a place-based regional development network model.