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Local cluster dynamics: trajectories of mature industrial districts between decline and multiple embeddedness

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  • ZUCCHELLA, ANTONELLA
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    In this study the international trajectories of mature district evolution are investigated as a special case of institutional change, and a theoretical model for their evolution is proposed. This model is based on the idea that international growth and re-positioning represent the fundamental alternative to district sterilization and decline, in a framework where global markets provide the major pressure for change or decline but could also provide new opportunities for renewal. Alternative paths emerge from the combination of trigger events due to globalization and district leaders behaviour: disembeddedness, re-embeddedness and multiple embeddedness are proposed here as the three main outcomes of mature district evolution. The latter constitutes a new construct introduced in this study in order to explore the possibility that districts relate themselves to global space creating similar systems abroad and or establishing ties with existing systems, each one representing both a local network and a node of a global network.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Journal of Institutional Economics.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 01 (April)
    Pages: 21-44

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:jinsec:v:2:y:2006:i:01:p:21-44_00

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    1. Fiorenza BELUSSI & Luciano PILOTTI & Silvia Rita SEDITA, 2006. "Learning at the boundaries for industrial districts between exploitation of local resources and the exploration of global knowledge flows," Departmental Working Papers 2006-40, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
    2. Dorota Leszczynska, 2014. "Historical Trajectory and Knowledge Embeddedness: A Case Study in the French Perfume Cluster," Working Papers 2014-268, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
    3. Eleonora Di Maria & Stefano Micelli, 2007. "District leaders as open networks: emerging business strategies in Italian industrial districts," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0038, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
    4. Silvia Rita Sedita & Ivan De Noni & Luciano Pilotti, 2014. "How do related variety and differentiated knowledge bases influence the resilience of local production systems?," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0180, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
    5. Paolo Seri & Tommaso Ciarli, 2014. "Regional structural change and small firms’ adaptabilities: Evidence from Italian firm-level data," Working Papers 1403, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini, revised 2014.
    6. Paolo Seri, 2014. "The role of proximity in retrospective: organizations, ICT and human resources in Italian traditional districts’ firms," Working Papers 1404, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini, revised 2014.
    7. Juan Ramón Gallego Bono, 2009. "La articulación local-global de sistemas territoriales de producción y de innovación," Revista de Estudios Regionales, Universidades Públicas de Andalucía, vol. 1, pages 53-82.

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