Industrial Districts: Evolution and Competitiveness in Italian Firms
By: I. Paniccia (author)Hardback
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Utilising a wide array of data and rich empirical evidence drawn from a large sample of industrial districts (IDs), Ivana Paniccia presents a realistic analysis of their socio-economic structure and performance. This extensive yet detailed study adopts a wide perspective, integrating historical evidence and different streams of literature - from industrial to regional economics - into testable hypotheses. The multidisciplinary, quantitative approach adopted by the author, enables her to "de-structure" the "canonical" idea of the ID and evaluate the normative value. Supported by multivariate and econometric analyses, she identifies four general types of ID each with different development paths, performances, inter-organizational relations, and regulatory rules and institutions. The results demonstrate that IDs on average achieve better static or dynamic economic performance than non-ID areas. The analysis also highlights critical points of rupture in the socio-economic equilibrium of IDs which may impair their future competitiveness and social sustainability.
The author offers a critical appraisal of the organizational literature on IDs, claiming for caution in their depiction as "cooperative systems" and goes on to present the first steps towards a "microfoundation" of a theory on IDs. Providing the methodology to monitor the performance and evolution of IDs, together with precise policy suggestions, this book should appeal to a broad range of scholars and researchers in a variety of disciplines including regional, industrial and institutional economics, organizational studies and industrial sociology.
Part I Theoretical foundations/perspectives: a Critical Review Of the literature on industrial districts in search of a theory; operationalizing industrial districts. Part II Empirical results: organizational variety and the performance of industrial districts; the growth and decline of industrial districts; a "Differentiated" policy for industrial districts. Conclusions and research implications.
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