Title: An overview of food businesses in the Western Greece and the extent to which they use information systems

Authors: Bill Mitsos; Grigorios N. Beligiannis

Addresses: Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises, School of Business Administration, University of Patras, Filias 33, 30131, Agrinio, Greece ' Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises, School of Business Administration, University of Patras, Filias 33, 30131, Agrinio, Greece

Abstract: Nowadays, even small businesses must use information systems. In a competitive business environment it is impossible to run a business without the use of information systems. This study presents general information about food businesses in the Western Greece and the extent to which they use information systems. A questionnaire survey was conducted in 85 food businesses. Analysis of primary data shows that most owners have secondary education while women are preferred for employees. Moreover the majority of export businesses deal with olives-olive oil and dairy and most businesses are small. Only 30% of food businesses are export ones and about 49% of them are sole proprietorships. In addition, 67% of food businesses apply quality systems while just 45% apply information systems. The findings of the study suggest that businesses having a larger size, a greater turnover and more departments use information systems to a greater extent.

Keywords: information systems; food businesses; Western Greece.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2018.092409

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2018 Vol.4 No.1, pp.23 - 32

Available online: 06 Jun 2018 *

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