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The Internationalization of Production by Italian Industrial Districts' Firms: Structural and Behavioural Determinants

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Mariotti, Sergio; Mutinelli, Marco; Piscitello, Lucia

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Abstract The paper argues that structural and behavioural determinants combine to influence internationalisation of production through FDI by industrial districts' firms. As far as the former, leadership effects, represented by the presence of large firms within the district, and Porterian effects, denoted by the intensity of domestic rivalry, positively influence the likelihood that district firms will start internationalise through FDI. Moreover, spillovers induced by the presence of foreign-owned MNCs positively impact on the district's degree of internationalisation, provided it has already autonomously developed the ability to grow internationally. As far as behavioural features, previous export relationships increase the district firms' likelihood of undertaking FDI, while innovative capacity joins and strengthens internationalisation processes already started.
Classification Sociology of Economics; Economics
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 719-735
Journal Regional Studies, 42 (2008) 5
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)