Moving Eastwards while Remaining Embedded: the Case of the Marche Footwear District, Italy
The article contributes to knowledge about the evolution of industrial districts specialised in traditional manufacturing industries as a result of internationalization processes. On the basis of a longitudinal field study, the article describes the change in outsourcing firms’ behaviour that occurred in one of the main fashion-led Italian footwear districts during the period 2001-2009. After the well-known preferential destination towards Central and Eastern Europe, a second, more recent wave of delocalization over long distances is reported. Despite intensified outsourcing abroad, subcontracting relationships remain deeply embedded, and the updated evidence indicates a possible homecoming to the original area.
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