This chapter analyses Italian industrial districts on the basis of the size of firms by which they are populated. It is observed the emergence and relevance in terms of profitability and competitiveness of a middle capitalism. MSEs presence in district areas is very significant and has expanded in the most recent period. They include stand-alone companies as well as a certain number of industrial groups controlled by family holdings formed by a relatively small number of undertakings; but groups owned by family-holding companies appear to be a significant phenomenon, more so than pure industrial groups. The development in MSEs' presence within industrial districts derives from the new international scenario, where competition has become global and players come either from low industrialized countries or from relocated multinationals' local units. The search for competitiveness has led to a difficult selection of goods to be produced, quality upgrading, a new division of labour with some phases moved outside the industrial districts and a more direct presence in non-Italian markets

Coltorti, F., Medium-sized firms, groups and industrial districts: an Italian perspective, in Becattini, G., Bellandi, M., De Propris, L. (ed.), A Handbook of Industrial Districts, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2009: 441- 456 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/80933]

Medium-sized firms, groups and industrial districts: an Italian perspective

Coltorti, Fulvio
Primo
2009

Abstract

This chapter analyses Italian industrial districts on the basis of the size of firms by which they are populated. It is observed the emergence and relevance in terms of profitability and competitiveness of a middle capitalism. MSEs presence in district areas is very significant and has expanded in the most recent period. They include stand-alone companies as well as a certain number of industrial groups controlled by family holdings formed by a relatively small number of undertakings; but groups owned by family-holding companies appear to be a significant phenomenon, more so than pure industrial groups. The development in MSEs' presence within industrial districts derives from the new international scenario, where competition has become global and players come either from low industrialized countries or from relocated multinationals' local units. The search for competitiveness has led to a difficult selection of goods to be produced, quality upgrading, a new division of labour with some phases moved outside the industrial districts and a more direct presence in non-Italian markets
Inglese
A Handbook of Industrial Districts
978-1-84720-267-3
Edward Elgar
Coltorti, F., Medium-sized firms, groups and industrial districts: an Italian perspective, in Becattini, G., Bellandi, M., De Propris, L. (ed.), A Handbook of Industrial Districts, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2009: 441- 456 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/80933]
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