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Catania’s Electronic Production System


  • Maurizio Avola
  • Alberto Gherardini
  • Rosanna Nisticò


This paper analyzes the recent transformations of the electronic production system in Catania. During the Nineties, this local system went through a period of rapid growth thanks to the convergence of public policies, a social capital building process, the consolidation of specific human capital and the leadership of some local institutional actors. In recent years, however, Catania’s electronic sector has been going through a phase of slowdown and repositioning due to endogenous factors (institutional detachment) and external dynamics (economic crisis, increasing organizational differentiation and complexity in the sector, gradual eastward shift of the value chain).

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  • Maurizio Avola & Alberto Gherardini & Rosanna Nisticò, 2013. "Catania’s Electronic Production System," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 1, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0257

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    1. Phalan, Ben & Balmford, Andrew & Green, Rhys E. & Scharlemann, Jörn P.W., 2011. "Minimising the harm to biodiversity of producing more food globally," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(Supplemen), pages 62-71, January.
    2. Phalan, Ben & Balmford, Andrew & Green, Rhys E. & Scharlemann, Jörn P.W., 2011. "Minimising the harm to biodiversity of producing more food globally," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(S1), pages 62-71.
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    High tech districts; Institutional complementarities; Economic crisis; Value chain; Transformation of organizational models;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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