Italy’s industrial districts of the Northeast are often cited as beings models of success due to their economic organisation, thus they have almost become an archetypal myth. One of the reasons for the Northeastern firms’ success is proximity (both geographical and relational), particularly with regard to the creation and development of the districts and their innovative and competitive capacity on a global scale. Our research compares the structures of proximity in Montebelluna, an industrial district in Northeast Italy, with Timisoara (in Romania), which has been one of the more favoured areas of delocalisation for Veneto firms. This comparison made it possible to focus on the non-economic categories (such as trust, face-to-face relations, cooperative attitudes, local context…) that have contributed to a large part of their success, although, in reality, they are often overvalued. Above all, the analysis reveals how these Italian industrial districts have concealed an unequal distribution of power, not only inside the firms and between the firms, but also between the firms and their delocalised territories. Today the “Northeast” model is questioned and debated; however a rethinking of regional dynamics is only possible if these hidden dimensions of district development are taken into consideration.

How the replica of the Italy’s Northeast Industrial District model failed in Timisoara (Romania) / Bertoncin, M.; Pase, A.; Quatrida, D.; Scroccaro, A.. - In: INVESTIGACIONES GEOGRÁFICAS. - ISSN 0213-4691. - 2018:69(2018), pp. 73-89. [10.14198/INGEO2018.69.05]

How the replica of the Italy’s Northeast Industrial District model failed in Timisoara (Romania)

Scroccaro A.
2018

Abstract

Italy’s industrial districts of the Northeast are often cited as beings models of success due to their economic organisation, thus they have almost become an archetypal myth. One of the reasons for the Northeastern firms’ success is proximity (both geographical and relational), particularly with regard to the creation and development of the districts and their innovative and competitive capacity on a global scale. Our research compares the structures of proximity in Montebelluna, an industrial district in Northeast Italy, with Timisoara (in Romania), which has been one of the more favoured areas of delocalisation for Veneto firms. This comparison made it possible to focus on the non-economic categories (such as trust, face-to-face relations, cooperative attitudes, local context…) that have contributed to a large part of their success, although, in reality, they are often overvalued. Above all, the analysis reveals how these Italian industrial districts have concealed an unequal distribution of power, not only inside the firms and between the firms, but also between the firms and their delocalised territories. Today the “Northeast” model is questioned and debated; however a rethinking of regional dynamics is only possible if these hidden dimensions of district development are taken into consideration.
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Bertoncin, M.; Pase, A.; Quatrida, D.; Scroccaro, A.
How the replica of the Italy’s Northeast Industrial District model failed in Timisoara (Romania) / Bertoncin, M.; Pase, A.; Quatrida, D.; Scroccaro, A.. - In: INVESTIGACIONES GEOGRÁFICAS. - ISSN 0213-4691. - 2018:69(2018), pp. 73-89. [10.14198/INGEO2018.69.05]
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