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Upgrading e riposizionamento delle imprese distrettuali nella catena internazionale del valore


  • Gianluca Toschi


The paper uses a unique dataset to address the issue of the functional and competitive upgrading of firms located in Italian industrial districts as a way to counter the growing competition faced by the suppliers of intermediate goods in global value chains (GVC). To maintain or enhance positioning in the global economy, firms use upgrading strategies to move from low-value to relatively high-value activities. An indepth empirical analysis of these upgrading patterns was conducted through a survey composed of questions designed ad hoc according to state-of-the-art GVC literature. In particular, the responses enable us to identify the various upgrading behaviours of firms located inside and outside districts, and how these strategies can boost the competitiveness of industrial districts to address the new challenges of globalisation.

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  • Gianluca Toschi, 2012. "Upgrading e riposizionamento delle imprese distrettuali nella catena internazionale del valore," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2012(2), pages 177-192.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2012-002008

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    Upgrading; catene globali del valore; distretti industriali; innovazione;

    JEL classification:

    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General


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