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Knowledge and Information Networks: Evidence from an Italian Wine Local System

  • Andrea Morrison

    (CESPRI and Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, Università Bocconi, Milano and Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy)

  • Roberta Rabellotti

    (Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy)

A well-grounded empirical and theoretical literature shows that local production systems can benefit from external economies generated by a shared ‘industrial atmosphere’. Many scholars would agree that in contexts as industrial districts, clusters and local systems, economic actions are strongly embedded in social and institutional factors. Nevertheless, many scholars would instead debate about the nature, boundaries and processes underpinning ‘industrial atmosphere’. This paper aims at contributing to this field of studies by entering into the black box of the ‘industrial atmosphere’ reconstructing the informal contacts underpinning collective learning in a local production system. The study is based on empirical evidence collected at firm level in an Italian wine local system and uses methods of network analysis.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 174.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
Date of revision: Sep 2005
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp174
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