In recent years a major evolution in several industrial districts in Italy has been the emergence of new hierarchical structures that led to the rise of lead firms. These are firms that - contrary to canonical district firms which tend to remain small - pursue size growth, invest in marketing, distribution and R&D, reorganize their subcontracting networks, and become international by establishing commercial subsidiaries and production abroad. However, despite their increasing importance, lead firms' histories remain largely unexplored. This paper contributes to fill this gap by examining the case of one of such lead firms: Wam, a company set up in 1968 in the mechanical engineering district of Modena, which at the beginning of the 21st century had become the world leader in the production of bulk material handling and dust filtration machinery.

Rinaldi, Alberto. "The Rise of a District Lead Firm: The Case of Wam (1968-2003)" Working paper, RECent (Center for Economic Research) - Dipartimento di Economia Marco Biagi - Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 2009. https://doi.org/10.25431/11380_618848

The Rise of a District Lead Firm: The Case of Wam (1968-2003)

RINALDI, Alberto
2009

Abstract

In recent years a major evolution in several industrial districts in Italy has been the emergence of new hierarchical structures that led to the rise of lead firms. These are firms that - contrary to canonical district firms which tend to remain small - pursue size growth, invest in marketing, distribution and R&D, reorganize their subcontracting networks, and become international by establishing commercial subsidiaries and production abroad. However, despite their increasing importance, lead firms' histories remain largely unexplored. This paper contributes to fill this gap by examining the case of one of such lead firms: Wam, a company set up in 1968 in the mechanical engineering district of Modena, which at the beginning of the 21st century had become the world leader in the production of bulk material handling and dust filtration machinery.
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Rinaldi, Alberto
Rinaldi, Alberto. "The Rise of a District Lead Firm: The Case of Wam (1968-2003)" Working paper, RECent (Center for Economic Research) - Dipartimento di Economia Marco Biagi - Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 2009. https://doi.org/10.25431/11380_618848
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