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Chinese Investments in Italy: Is the Wave Arriving?


  • Francesca Spigarelli

    (University of Macerata, Italy)


This paper focuses on the effects of the Go Global policy in Italy. The main type of Chinese investments, their strategic motivations, as well as the role of ethnic networks are analyzed. The phenomenon is still not significant in quantitative terms, but trends are impressive. Italy can provide an access to western markets and strategic logistic services, as well as to a wide array of distinctive skills/intangible assets in manufacturing industries. At the moment, there is a prevalence of greenfield initiatives, but acquisitions are rising sharply. In geographical terms, the locations chosen by Chinese investors favor areas that offer a wealth of distinctive skills (typically, but not only, district areas), but are not limited to industries in which Chinese ethnic groups are involved.

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  • Francesca Spigarelli, 2010. "Chinese Investments in Italy: Is the Wave Arriving?," International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management (IJABIM), IGI Global, vol. 1(1), pages 54-76, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jabim0:v:1:y:2010:i:1:p:54-76

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    1. Katiuscia Vaccarini, 2014. "Psychic distance and FDI: the case of China," Working Papers 1403, c.MET-05 - Centro Interuniversitario di Economia Applicata alle Politiche per L'industria, lo Sviluppo locale e l'Internazionalizzazione.
    2. Katiuscia Vaccarini & Barbara Pojaghi, 2015. "Capitalizing on Cultural difference: A Cross-Disciplinary Outlook from Social Psychology to International Business," Working Papers 1508, c.MET-05 - Centro Interuniversitario di Economia Applicata alle Politiche per L'industria, lo Sviluppo locale e l'Internazionalizzazione.
    3. Lv, Ping & Spigarelli, Francesca, 2015. "The integration of Chinese and European renewable energy markets: The role of Chinese foreign direct investments," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 81(C), pages 14-26.

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