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Title: Organising Greek commercial diplomacy: oscillating between integrated and fragmented models of organisation

Authors: Elena Georgiadou

Addresses: School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, UK

Abstract: In a growing number of countries, national diplomatic systems are in a process of profound transformation as a response to the increased need for more commercial diplomacy. In order to pursue this priority effectively, governments of developed economies have integrated commercial diplomacy to their national diplomatic systems by re-arranging their foreign ministries and centralising commercial diplomacy. And although literature on commercial diplomacy of competitive economies has found its way into the mainstream of diplomatic studies, there is lack of smaller country based studies with regard to how they choose to organise it. In this light, the present study explores the contemporary organisational setup of commercial diplomacy in Greece. Specifically, it investigates the structures and processes that Greek governments have put in place and whether those are aligned with mainstream developments in the said area of diplomacy.

Keywords: commercial diplomacy; economic diplomacy; integrated diplomacy; foreign ministry; business and export support.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDIPE.2018.091376

International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy, 2018 Vol.4 No.1, pp.25 - 43

Available online: 13 Apr 2018 *

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