Native and Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Lessons for Local Liabilities in Globalization from the Prato Case Study

  • Simone Guercini
  • Gabi Dei Ottati
  • Loretta Baldassar
  • Graeme Johanson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Simone Guercini, Gabi Dei Ottati, Loretta Baldassar, Graeme Johanson
    Pages 1-6
  3. Simone Guercini, Gabi Dei Ottati, Loretta Baldassar, Graeme Johanson
    Pages 7-29
  4. Graeme Johanson, Francesco Beghelli, Anja Fladrich
    Pages 115-132
  5. Simone Guercini, Gabi Dei Ottati, Loretta Baldassar, Graeme Johanson
    Pages 209-217

About this book


This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the issue of “local liabilities”, drawing on close analysis of the case of Chinese migrants and the Italian industrial district of Prato in order to elucidate the problems, or liabilities, that derive from the separation between natives and immigrants in local systems of people and firms. Insights are offered from a variety of disciplines, including business and industrial economics, anthropology, and sociology, thereby providing a framework through which to view the problems and also identifying potential pathways for their evolution and resolution. The focus on local liabilities affords an original perspective on the nature of globalization and highlights salient aspects of native and immigrant entrepreneurship. Globalization not only creates "bridges" between distant places but also changes the face of businesses and socioeconomic systems at the local level, where local liabilities may emerge when two or more separate communities (of persons and firms) exist. The greater the separation between the communities, the greater the local liabilities. In offering diverse perspectives on this relatively neglected aspect of globalization, the book will be of interest to a wide readership.


Local liability Immigrant entrepreneurship Chinese immigrant firms Liability of foreignness Liability of outsidership Prato industrial district Chinese manufacturing entrepreneurship Migrant entrepreneurship in Italy Wenzhou migrants in Italy

Editors and affiliations

  • Simone Guercini
    • 1
  • Gabi Dei Ottati
    • 2
  • Loretta Baldassar
    • 3
  • Graeme Johanson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.School of Social SciencesThe University of Western Australia School of Social SciencesCRAWLEYAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of Information TechnologyMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44110-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44111-5
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