The industrial district of Carpi, Italy, features a long history of manufacture. For forty years (1950-1990) the district underwent a number of transformations, reinventing itself, changing technology, providing new models of organization. At the same time, it continued to represent a successful model of diffused industrialization. Things changed in the course of the 1990s. A phase began which many view as irreversible decline. During this decade, the typical industries of the district, and especially knitwear, were subject to very extensive downsizing: there was a sharp fall in the number of firms, employment and market shares, in relation both to producers in other countries and to other Italian productive systems. The present work offers a first interpretation of this process, focusing on firms’ reactions and strategies.

Different routes to globalization: the case of Carpi / D., Bigarelli; Solinas, Giovanni. - ELETTRONICO. - (2004), pp. 101-125. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Clusters, Industrial districts and firms: the challange of globalization tenutosi a Modena, Italy nel September, 2003.

Different routes to globalization: the case of Carpi

SOLINAS, Giovanni
2004

Abstract

The industrial district of Carpi, Italy, features a long history of manufacture. For forty years (1950-1990) the district underwent a number of transformations, reinventing itself, changing technology, providing new models of organization. At the same time, it continued to represent a successful model of diffused industrialization. Things changed in the course of the 1990s. A phase began which many view as irreversible decline. During this decade, the typical industries of the district, and especially knitwear, were subject to very extensive downsizing: there was a sharp fall in the number of firms, employment and market shares, in relation both to producers in other countries and to other Italian productive systems. The present work offers a first interpretation of this process, focusing on firms’ reactions and strategies.
Clusters, Industrial districts and firms: the challange of globalization
Modena, Italy
September, 2003
101
125
D., Bigarelli; Solinas, Giovanni
Different routes to globalization: the case of Carpi / D., Bigarelli; Solinas, Giovanni. - ELETTRONICO. - (2004), pp. 101-125. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Clusters, Industrial districts and firms: the challange of globalization tenutosi a Modena, Italy nel September, 2003.
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