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

by Coltorti, Fulvio.
Authors: Resciniti, Riccardo.%editor. | Tunisini, Annalisa.%editor. | Varaldo, Riccardo.%editor. | SpringerLink (Online service) Series: Sxi — Springer per l’Innovazione / Sxi — Springer for Innovation, 2239-2688 Physical details: XIV, 192 p. online resource. ISBN: 8847025893 Subject(s): Economics. | Entrepreneurship. | Economics/Management Science. | Business/Management Science, general. | Entrepreneurship. | Business Strategy/Leadership.
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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.

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