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Forms of Enterprise in 20th Century Italy
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Forms of Enterprise in 20th Century Italy

Boundaries, Structures and Strategies

9781847203830 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Andrea Colli, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University, Italy and Michelangelo Vasta, Department of Economics, University of Siena, Italy
Publication Date: 2010 ISBN: 978 1 84720 383 0 Extent: 352 pp
Taking an historical perspective, this unique book highlights the evolution of the many diverse forms of business enterprise, and discusses the contribution of these different types of firm to the economic growth of Italy.

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Taking an historical perspective, this unique book highlights the evolution of the many diverse forms of business enterprise, and discusses the contribution of these different types of firm to the economic growth of Italy.

One important issue that has recently captured the attention and the research efforts of both economists and economic historians has been the debate on varieties of capitalism in the modern world. In this context, the expert contributors analyze the various stages of Italian development that have been characterized by diverse dominating forms of enterprise which, in turn, have adapted to the nature of technological and market opportunities at the institutional, national and international level. This book proposes a new interpretation of the ‘Italian case’ that utilizes both the structural and macroeconomic perspective of comparative history, as well as the microeconomic perspectives focusing on the strategies of different economic agents.

Based on solid quantitative evidence, this original work will prove to be a valuable resource for academics and students of strategy and organization, economic historians and applied economists.
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‘. . . the book invites the reader to consider the interaction of the different forms of enterprise with local and national institutional changes, coupled with the opportunities offered by international trade, in order to understand the conditions that allowed (but sometimes prevented) the country to gain from the different processes of technological advancements developed during the twentieth century. The very rich variety of subjects discussed and the widespread use of qualitative information to corroborate the analyses, offer a unique opportunity to look at the evolution of the Italian economy from many different views, and, cross-checking and referencing the different essays, to draw stronger and broader conclusions out of the information contained in each of them. . . this book is greatly rewarding reading for anyone interested in deepening knowledge of the rise and the ongoing transformation of Italian capitalism.’
– Federico Barbiellini Amidei, EH.NET

‘This book provides a wide-ranging analysis of change in size and nature of Italian firms, and thus a unique and fascinating perspective on the evolution of one of the major industrial economies of the 20th century. An example of business history as it ought to be done.’
– Giovanni Federico, European University Institute, Italy

‘This book is necessary reading for a real understanding of the evolution of Italian capitalism during the last century. It moves away from a simplified view of the Italian industrial structure as just composed by small enterprises and successfully sheds light on the variety of different forms of enterprises the compose Italian system. The lively picture that emerges from this book is the one of richer types of enterprises, which have evolved over time and have contributed in different ways to Italian economic growth.’
– Franco Malerba, Bocconi University, Italy
Contributors
Contributors: P. Battilani, L. Castellucci, A. Colli, L. Conte, S. Fari, F. Fauri, R. Giannetti, A. Giuntini, F. Lavista, G.M. Longoni, M. Perugini, G. Piluso, A. Rinaldi, V. Romei, P.A. Toninelli, M. Vasta, V. Zamagni
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Contents:

Foreword
Franco Amatori

1. Introduction: Forms of Enterprise in 20th Century Italy
Andrea Colli and Michelangelo Vasta

PART I: BIG BUSINESS: CATCHING THE TECHNOLOGICAL FRONTIER
2. Big Business (1913–2001)
Renato Giannetti and Michelangelo Vasta

3. State-owned Enterprises (1936–83)
Pier Angelo Toninelli and Michelangelo Vasta

4. Foreign Enterprises (1913–72)
Andrea Colli

5. Big Business and Italian Industrial Policies After World War II
Francesca Fauri

6. Financing the Largest Manufacturing Firms: Ownership, Equity, and Debt (1936–2001)
Leandro Conte and Giandomenico Piluso

PART II: THE POWER OF LOCALISM: EXPLOITING WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY
7. Small Firms and Local Production Systems (1900–1960)
Mario Perugini and Valentina Romei

8. Public Utilities in the 20th Century
Simone Fari and Andrea Giuntini

9. Industrial Policy and Artisan Firms (1930s–1970s)
Giuseppe Maria Longoni and Alberto Rinaldi

PART III: IN SEARCH OF AN IDENTITY: STRUGGLING WITH THE CONTEXT
10. ‘Leaping Frogs’ in the Demography of Manufacturing Firms (1911–71)
Lucia Castellucci and Renato Giannetti

11. The Medium-sized Manufacturing Enterprise (1927–81)
Fabio Lavista

PART IV: COOPERATION: The IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING
12. Co-operatives (1951–2001)
Patrizia Battilani and Vera Zamagni

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