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Italian industrial districts: theories, profiles and competitiveness

Daniele Schiliro'

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Abstract: The paper is a contribution to the debate about the theoretical aspects, the structure, and the competitiveness of Italian industrial districts. The work first examines the theoretical strand on industrial districts ranging from Marshall to Becattini, and focusing on the contemporary distrettualism of Giacomo Becattini, where the district is essentially a socio-economic construct and an important localized productive system. Furthermore, the paper offers an updated picture of the Italian industrial districts as they are represented in the 2011 Census by the National Statistics Institute. Finally, this study underlines the resilient competitive capacity of this typical form of industrial organization. Then, through empirical literature, it analyzes the Italian district companies, and their performance and success in foreign markets, especially with regard to “Made in Italy” products.

Keywords: Industrial districts; Italian SME; exports; competitiveness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D0 M0 M1 M20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-11
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Published in Management and Organizational Studies 4.4(2017): pp. 1-11

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