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Inside the Black Box of ‘Industrial Atmosphere’: Knowledge and Information Networks in an Italian wine local system

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  • Andrea Morrison

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    (SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont)

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A well-grounded empirical and theoretical literature shows that local production systems can benefit from external economies generated by a shared ‘industrial atmosphere’. Many scholars would agree that in contexts as industrial districts, clusters and local systems, economic actions are strongly embedded in social and institutional factors. Nevertheless, many scholars would instead debate about the nature, boundaries and processes underpinning ‘industrial atmosphere’. This paper aims at contributing to this field of studies by entering into the black box of the ‘industrial atmosphere’ reconstructing the informal contacts underpinning collective learning in a local production system. The study is based on empirical evidence collected at firm level in a an Italian wine local system and uses methods of network analysis

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Paper provided by SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont in its series Working Papers with number 97.

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Date of creation: Jul 2005
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  1. Gull, Isabel, 2013. "Die Governance von Innovationsclustern: Eine Analyse der Meta- und der Mesoebene," Arbeitspapiere 131, Westfälsche Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU), Institut für Genossenschaftswesen.

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