The paper concerns a study on the changes affecting leading cluster companies' supplier relationships. In particular, the paper aims at investigating under which conditions and how industrial cluster companies rely on local suppliers in the current context of international competitive pressure and easier access to international supply sources. The research methodology is qualitative and based on a long-term longitudinal research of three case studies of Italian industrial cluster companies that are leading firms in specific niches of the mechanical industry. Two main questions are debated: under which conditions have industrial cluster companies relied on local suppliers? What has been the evolution of relationships between industrial cluster companies and their local suppliers? The empirical analysis shows that local suppliers have been playing strategic roles in differentways in distinct historical phases, contributing actively in terms of knowledge and competence development, production flexibility, delivery performance and cost efficiency.

Tunisini, A., Bocconcelli, R., Pagano, A., Is local sourcing out of fashion in the globalization era? Evidence from Italian mechanical industry, <<INDUSTRIAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT>>, 2011; Vol.40 (Issue 6): 1012-1023. [doi:10.1016/j.indmarman.2011.06.011] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/8052]

Is local sourcing out of fashion in the globalization era? Evidence from Italian mechanical industry

Tunisini;
2011

Abstract

The paper concerns a study on the changes affecting leading cluster companies' supplier relationships. In particular, the paper aims at investigating under which conditions and how industrial cluster companies rely on local suppliers in the current context of international competitive pressure and easier access to international supply sources. The research methodology is qualitative and based on a long-term longitudinal research of three case studies of Italian industrial cluster companies that are leading firms in specific niches of the mechanical industry. Two main questions are debated: under which conditions have industrial cluster companies relied on local suppliers? What has been the evolution of relationships between industrial cluster companies and their local suppliers? The empirical analysis shows that local suppliers have been playing strategic roles in differentways in distinct historical phases, contributing actively in terms of knowledge and competence development, production flexibility, delivery performance and cost efficiency.
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Tunisini, A., Bocconcelli, R., Pagano, A., Is local sourcing out of fashion in the globalization era? Evidence from Italian mechanical industry, <<INDUSTRIAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT>>, 2011; Vol.40 (Issue 6): 1012-1023. [doi:10.1016/j.indmarman.2011.06.011] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/8052]
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