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Economics - Economic Growth | The Technological Evolution of Industrial Districts (Reviews)

The Technological Evolution of Industrial Districts

Belussi, Fiorenza, Gottardi, Giorgio, Rullani, Enzo (Eds.)

2003, XXXIII, 502 p.

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From the reviews:

"This edited volume[...]represents a painstaking and intellectually challenging effort to set the record straight on the theoretical treatment of IDs and to stimulate new knowledge-centered theoretical venues for further study of the concept and model. However important this book's overall contribution is, I think that Lucio Biggiero and Alessia Sammarra's Chapter 10 contributes its most important argument and stimulus for new research. It provides the skeleton of a new theoretical perspective, which borrows from social psychology's Social Identity Theory to introduce the concepts of district identity and identification. In sum, this volume represents the latest information and most comprehensive collection of works on the subject of IDs. [...]the book has the potential to become a classic and foundational work required for study and research on IDs and on local and regional development especially in the context of the new economy and the knowledge-based industries." (Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher, St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University)

"Industrial Districts (IDs) are evolutionary networks of heterogeneous, functionally integrated, specialized and complementary firms, which are clustered into the same territory and within the same industry. … the book includes a good balance between theoretical contributions and empirical-case studies … . this book is a good example of the fruitfulness of knowledge based theories in understanding the evolution of IDs." (Flaminio Squazzoni, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Vol. 15 (4), 2005)

 

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