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Entrepreneurial Growth in Industrial Districts

Four Italian Cases Fernando G. Alberti, Assistant Professor of Strategic Entrepreneurship, LIUC University, Italy, Salvatore Sciascia, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Università IULM, Italy, Carmine Tripodi, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, University of Valle d’Aosta and SDA Bocconi, Italy and Federico Visconti, Professor of Business Administration, University of Valle d’Aosta and SDA Bocconi, Italy
Entrepreneurial Growth in Industrial Districts illustrates that Industrial Districts (ID) have dramatically changed over the past three decades; the Marshallian notion of a cluster of small firms has been vastly transformed by the emergence of rapidly growing firms.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84720 085 3
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management
Entrepreneurial Growth in Industrial Districts illustrates that Industrial Districts (ID) have dramatically changed over the past three decades; the Marshallian notion of a cluster of small firms has been vastly transformed by the emergence of rapidly growing firms.

This book stems from the contributors’ academic and professional experience in the fields of Italian industrial districts, strategic management and entrepreneurship. The authors highlight the need to understand and identify how entrepreneurial growth can be effectively sustained in ID firms. Four case studies (Alessi, Geox, Illycaffé, Luxottica) are then utilized to demonstrate the process of ID firms’ growth via the lens of corporate entrepreneurship.

This unique book will be highly regarded by undergraduate students and researchers in the fields of entrepreneurship and industrial districts. Practitioners as entrepreneurs and policy makers will also find this book of great interest given the appealing domain of the book ‘Made in Italy’ and the substantial sections dedicated to case histories.
Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: Industrial Districts and Firm-Level Entrepreneurship 2. Industrial Districts and Firms 3. The Concept of Firm-Level Entrepreneurship 4. Firm-Level Entrepreneurship as a Framework of Analysis Part II: Four Italian Cases 5. Alessi 6. Geox 7. Illycaffè 8. Luxottica Part III: Entrepreneurial Growth in Industrial Districts 9. Cross-case Analysis 10. Discussion and Conclusion References Index