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Business & Management | Mid-sized Manufacturing Companies: The New Driver of Italian Competitiveness

Mid-sized Manufacturing Companies: The New Driver of Italian Competitiveness

Coltorti, F., Resciniti, R., Tunisini, A., Varaldo, R. (Eds.)

2013, XIII, 191 p.

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  • Original combination of qualitative (case studies) and quantitative (cross section financial analysis) empirical evidence on medium sized manufacturing companies
  • Longitudinal (two steps) analysis of pre and post 2008 economic crisis
  • Implications for management and entrepreneurship as well as for economic and industrial policy

The structure of Italian industry is characterized by a predominance of small sized companies and the presence of very few large companies. For a long time a conviction was shared among scholars and practitioners that the strength and safety of Italian industry were based on its industrial districts, that is, the system of interdependent and co-localized small companies which derive their competitive force from an effective and efficient division of labour. This book stresses the idea that a new, vital and promising phenomenon for the competitiveness of Italian industry is focused on mid-sized companies, and the systems of interconnected firms that form a constituent part of their business model. These companies, which originate largely from districts and other local production systems, are a strong entrepreneurial force complementing the districts that have characterized Italy and made Italian industry famous worldwide. A quantitative and qualitative analysis of these firms is provided in this book. Business models and strategies implemented by a number of successful Italian mid-sized manufacturing companies are also explored. Consequences in terms of management and industrial policies are provided. A final look at the German Mittelstand gives a useful comparison.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Business models - Industrial Organization - Innovation and Competitiveness - Made in Italy - Mid-sized companies

Related subjects » Business & Management - Entrepreneurship - Organization - Human Resource Management

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