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An investigation into medium-sized multinational enterprises

  • Musca, Maria
  • Schilirò, Daniele

The paper provides an investigation of medium-sized Italian industrial enterprises that have become multinational companies. It concetrates on the set of medium and medium-large enterprises who seem to grow more in foreign markets, either through exports or through foreign direct investment. The work also offers an empirical descriptive picture of the performance of medium-sized Italian multinationals, which is compared with the performance of large corporations. From this analysis, which is based on a number of sources, it is possible to outline a profile regarding the medium-size italian multinational enterprises, as to understand the complex strategy towards internationalization of these companies, where the dimension of production is important and, therefore, innovation has a key role. But where also the commercial dimension is crucial, because it leads to point to the direct supervision of foreign markets and to look very carefully to customers, offering them a wide range of services. Finally, the paper points out some critical issues that the medium sized multinational enterprises have to face to compete such as the stagnant productivity, the high taxation, the insufficient institutional support for internationalization, the bureaucracy and its high costs, the lack of skilled human capital available in the labor market due to inadequate policy training.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 43012.

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  1. Elhanan Helpman, 2006. "Trade, FDI, and the Organization of Firms," NBER Working Papers 12091, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Schilirò, Daniele, 2012. "Italian medium-sized enterprises and the fourth capitalism," MPRA Paper 41399, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Schilirò, Daniele, 2011. "Innovation and performance of Italian multinational enterprises of the “fourth capitalism”," MPRA Paper 34916, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Schilirò, Daniele, 2008. "Knowledge, learning, networks and performance of firms in knowledge-based economies," MPRA Paper 30901, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Daniele Schilirò, 2008. "I distretti industriali in Italia quale Modello di Sviluppo Locale: Aspetti evolutivi, potenzialità e criticità," CRANEC - Working Papers del Centro di Ricerche in Analisi economica e sviluppo economico internazionale crn0803, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Centro di Ricerche in Analisi economica e sviluppo economico internazionale (CRANEC).
  6. Giorgio Barba Navaretti & Matteo Bugamelli & Fabiano Schivardi & Carlo Altomonte & Daniel Horgos & Daniela Maggioni, . "The global operations of European firms - The second EFIGE policy report," Blueprints, Bruegel, number 581.
  7. Schilirò, Daniele, 2011. "Performance e profili delle imprese multinazionali del quarto capitalismo
    [Performance and profiles of the multinational firms of fourth capitalism]
    ," MPRA Paper 30894, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Schilirò, Daniele, 2005. "Economia della conoscenza,istituzioni e sviluppo economico
    [Knowledge-based economy, institutions and economic development]
    ," MPRA Paper 31492, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Daniele Schilirò & Maria Musca, 2010. "Le Medie Imprese Multinazionali del Quarto Capitalismo," CRANEC - Working Papers del Centro di Ricerche in Analisi economica e sviluppo economico internazionale crn1002, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Centro di Ricerche in Analisi economica e sviluppo economico internazionale (CRANEC).
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