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eBusiness applications in SMEs of Italian industrial districts: the textile and wood/furniture cases


  • Raffaello Balocco


  • Matteo Conforti Andreoni
  • Andrea Rangone


The paper presents the results of a study dealing with the adoption of eBusiness applications in two Italian industrial districts: the textile district in Como and the wood/furniture district in the area of Brianza. These two districts are part of important “made in Italy” industries, with a high volume of worldwide exports. The goal of the paper is to show how Internet technology is changing the behavior of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in these two local (but with worldwide relevance) districts and to understand how the potential benefits and constraints for SMEs pointed out in several literature contributions are really acting in these districts. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2008

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  • Raffaello Balocco & Matteo Conforti Andreoni & Andrea Rangone, 2008. "eBusiness applications in SMEs of Italian industrial districts: the textile and wood/furniture cases," Service Business, Springer;Pan-Pacific Business Association, vol. 2(4), pages 303-319, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:svcbiz:v:2:y:2008:i:4:p:303-319
    DOI: 10.1007/s11628-008-0046-2

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