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Spatial agglomeration and business groups: New evidence from Italian industrial districts

  • Giulio Cainelli
  • Donato Iacobucci
  • Enrica Morganti

Cainelli G., Iacobucci D. and Morganti E. (2006) Spatial agglomeration and business groups: new evidence from Italian industrial districts, Regional Studies 40, 507-518. This paper is a first attempt to analyse the relationship between spatial agglomeration and firms' organizational structures. It takes advantage of a new and large data set at firm and business group level that allows one to analyse the differences in the presence and characteristics of business groups between districts and non-district areas. Overall, the results confirm the hypothesis that spatial agglomeration of business activities influences firms' organization. Groups are more widespread in industrial districts than in non-district areas; moreover, groups in industrial districts are less diversified and more spatially concentrated than groups outside industrial districts. Cainelli G., Iacobucci D. et Morganti E. (2006) L'agglomeration geographique et les groupes commerciaux: de nouvelles preuves provenant des districts italiens, Regional Studies 40, 507-518. Cet article constitue une premiere tentative d'analyser le rapport entre l'agglommeration geographique et les structures organisationnelles des entreprises. On profite d'une nouvelle banque de donnees importante aupres des entreprises et des activites commerciales qui permet l'analyse des differences de la presence et des caracteristiques des groupes commerciaux implantes dans les districts par rapport a ceux qui sont implantes dans d'autres delimitations geographiques. Tout considere, les resultats confirment l'hypothese suivant: l'agglomeration des activites commerciales influent sur l'organisation des entreprises. Les groupes s'averent plus eparpilles dans les districts industriels qu'ils ne le sont ailleurs. Qui plus est, les groupes situes dans les districts industriels sont moins diversifies et plus concentres geographiquement que ne le sont les groupes situes en dehors des districts industriels. Groupes commerciaux, Districts industriels, Agglomeration geographique, Formes d'organisation des entreprises Cainelli G., Iacobucci D. und Morganti E. (2006) Raumliche Ballung und Betriebsgruppen:neue Beweise aus italienischen Industriegebieten, Regional Studies 40, 507-518. Dieser Aufsatz stellt einen ersten Versuch dar, die Beziehung zwischen raumlicher Ballung und den organisatorischen Strukturen von Firmen zu analysieren. Er macht sich eine neue und umfassende Datenreihe auf Firmen- und Betriebsgruppenebene zu Nutze, die gestattet, die Unterschiede im Vorhandenseins und Eigenschaften von Betriebsgruppen zwischen Distrikten und nicht-Distrikten-angeho rigen Gebieten zu analysieren. Insgesamt bestatigen die Ergebnisse die Hypothese, dass raumliche Ballung von geschaftlichen Unternehmen die Organisation von Firmen beeinflusst: Gruppen sind in Industriegebieten weiter verbreitet als in nicht industriell gepragten Gebieten;daruber hinaus sind Gruppen in Industriegebieten weniger differenziert und raumlich starker konzentriert als Gruppen ausserhalb der Industriegebiete Betriebsgruppen, Industriegebiete, raumliche Ballung, Organisationsformen von Firmen Cainelli G., Iacobucci D. y Morganti E. (2006) Aglomeracion espacial y grupos comerciales: nuevo ejemplo de zonas industriales en Italia, Regional Studies 40, 507-518. En este ensayo pretendemos analizar por primera vez la relacion entre la aglomeracion espacial y las estructuras organizativas de las empresas. Con ayuda de un nuevo y exhaustivo grupo de datos sobre empresas y negocios, analizamos que diferencias existen en cuanto a la presencia y las caracteristicas de grupos comerciales en zonas industriales comparado con otras areas no industriales. En general los resultados confirman la hipo tesis de que la organizacion de las empresas se ve influenciada por la aglomeracion espacial de las actividades comerciales. Se observa que son mas comunes los grupos en zonas industriales que en areas no industriales. Ademas, los grupos en zonas industriales estan menos diversificados y espacialmente mas concentrados que los grupos de otras areas no industriales. Grupos comerciales, Zonas industriales, Aglomeracion espacial, Formas organizativas de empresas

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Volume (Year): 40 (2006)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 507-518

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