Mid-sized manufacturing companies : the new driver of italian competitiveness /

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Imprint:Milan ; London : Springer, 2013.
Description:1 online resource (191 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Series:SxI, Springer for innovation ; v. 7
Sxi - Springer per l'Innovazione ; 7.
Subject:Manufacturing industries -- Italy.
Manufacturing industries -- Italy -- Case studies.
Manufacturing industries.
Electronic books.
Case studies.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/9851511
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Other authors / contributors:Coltorti, Fulvio, 1947-
ISBN:9788847025899 (electronic bk.)
8847025893 (electronic bk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references.
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Summary: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.
Other form:Print version: Coltorti, Fulvio, 1947- -sized manufacturing companies. Milan ; London : Springer, 2013 9788847025882