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Economia delle reti: l’evoluzione del capitalismo di piccola impresa e del "made in Italy"


  • Enzo Rullani


Networks are essential today for the competitive survival and economic growth of high-cost countries, such as Italy, in which higher added value needs to be extracted from production to offset the disadvantages the enterprises face in terms of labour costs and environmental resources (raw materials, pollution, regulations). Having acknowledged that protectionism is an impossible choice, the most viable option is that of building networks as cognitive multipliers of the knowledge and know-how of enterprises. Networks are the most effective circuit available to access the knowledge of others and to widen the base for the re-utilization of a company’s proprietary knowhow. This is because they provide enterprises with a reliable and efficient channel for exchange and sharing that safeguards their independence while stimulating specialisation and complementariness.

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  • Enzo Rullani, 2010. "Economia delle reti: l’evoluzione del capitalismo di piccola impresa e del "made in Italy"," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2010(4), pages 141-165.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2010-004007

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    1. Secco, Laura & Abatangelo, Chiara & Pisani, Elena & Gallo, Diego & Pettenella, Davide & Gatto, Paola & Dare, Riccardo & Vidale, Enrico, 2015. "Innovating rural resources governance through new policy instruments: the case of “network contracts”," 2015 Fourth Congress, June 11-12, 2015, Ancona, Italy 207845, Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA).
    2. Giovanni Foresti, 2015. "I contratti di rete in Italia. Prime evidenze sulla loro efficacia," ECONOMIA E SOCIETÀ REGIONALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2015(2), pages 76-93.

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    Distretto industriale; esternalizzazione; dimensione aziendale;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General


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