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

  • Fulvio Coltorti
  • Riccardo Resciniti
  • Annalisa Tunisini
  • Riccardo Varaldo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Annalisa Tunisini, Riccardo Resciniti
    Pages 1-11
  3. Gabriele Barbaresco, Emanuela Salerno
    Pages 13-40
  4. Gabriele Barbaresco, Nadia Portioli
    Pages 41-73
  5. Riccardo Resciniti, Annalisa Tunisini
    Pages 75-136
  6. Fulvio Coltorti, Riccardo Varaldo
    Pages 137-146
  7. Michela Matarazzo
    Pages 169-191

About this book


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.


Business models Industrial Organization Innovation and Competitiveness Made in Italy Mid-sized companies

Editors and affiliations

  • Fulvio Coltorti
    • 1
  • Riccardo Resciniti
    • 2
  • Annalisa Tunisini
    • 3
  • Riccardo Varaldo
    • 4
  1. 1.Mediobanca Research DepartmentMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Social, Juridical and Economic System (SEGIS)Università degli Studi del SannioBeneventoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Economic Sciences and Business ManagementUniversità CattolicaMilanItaly
  4. 4.Institute of ManagementScuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPisaItaly

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