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Districts, multinationals and global/digital networks

Davide Castellani (), Enzo Rullani and Antonello Zanfei ()
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Enzo Rullani: IUV
Antonello Zanfei: DESP-Università di Urbino

Economia e Politica Industriale: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, 2017, vol. 44, issue 4, 429-447

Abstract: Abstract This paper reflects on what remains of Becattini’s utopia in the new context of a globalized and digital economy. Can one still foresee a global world populated with local societies able to produce value by following their own inspirations and chorally participating in a world-wide division of cognitive labor? It is suggested that the interpretive value of Becattini’s theorizing remains, to the extent that one moves away from the consideration of the classical district model, and adopts his more general way of thinking about the economy, which is only exemplified by the historical circumstance of industrial districts. His view may well apply to a variety of circumstances, not only to industrial districts, and it is flexible enough to encompass economic change under different environmental conditions.

Keywords: Industrial districts; Innovation; MNEs; Digital economy; Globalisation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L5 O4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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