Burlina, Chiara (2018) Industrial Districts, Inter-firm networks and Internationalisation. Evidence from Italy. [Ph.D. thesis]
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This thesis is composed of three chapters developed within international business, industrial districts and network theories. The debate on internationalisation and location of manufacturing activities has been widely analysed in the literature, however I think there is still room for improvement by adapting the general scenario to the specific context of industrial districts or networks as well. Furthermore, firms should be considered not just as single entities isolated form the local context, but regional and local factors could influence their behaviours and their profitability. For these reasons, it is important to take into consideration the surrounding environment where social capital and value creation through innovation might impact firm’s performances (domestically and internationally). The framework of industrial districts and local characteristics is commonly recognised as a key feature of the Italian scenario, where small and medium size firms are closely located and can take the advantages of sectoral specialisation to foster productivity and knowledge spillovers. After revising the literature on these themes, the Thesis aims to deeper investigate the link between the location of manufacturing activities at the national and global scale and its effects over firm’s performances, empirically testing this relation for industrial district firms and networks in Italy.
Questa tesi è composta da tre saggi focalizzati principalmente sui temi di Internazionalizzazione, Distretti Industriali e Reti di Imprese.
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