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Heterogeneity in managerial strategies and internationalization of firms: the case of Italy

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  • Giorgia Giovannetti
  • Giorgio Ricchiuti
  • Margherita Velucchi

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The recent empirical literature on firm performance has highlighted the multidimensional concept of managerial strategies. The paper analyzes the nexus between these strategies and performance based on specific entrepreneurs’ characteristics, corporate strategies, organizational capabilities and firms’ approaches to internationalization. Using a dataset obtained by matching and merging Capitalia, ICE-Reprint and AIDA surveys we investigate the possible non-linear impact of managerial strategies on firm performance in Italy. While the specific entrepreneurs’ characteristics do not seem to have a significant impact on firm performance, the mode of internationalization plays an important role. Important non-linearities arise when we singled out the role of skilled workers and managers in determining a firm’s success in highly competitive markets.

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Article provided by FrancoAngeli Editore in its journal ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE.

Volume (Year): 2013/2 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 51-66

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Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2013-002003

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Keywords: Strategie manageriali; internazionalizzazione; analisi panel; non-linearità;

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  1. Giorgia Giovannetti & Giorgio Ricchiuti & Margherita Velucchi, 2011. "Size, innovation and internationalization: a survival analysis of Italian firms," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(12), pages 1511-1520.
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