The specific characteristics of each local productive system include the cultural background of cooperative behaviour and knowledge of each of the system’s enterprises and subjects, taken individually and as a whole, which drives their pursuit of economic benefits, which are the result of economies that are external to the individual enterprise but internal to the sector. The success of local productive systems can be explained by their high degree of specialization, which generates an ever increasing amount tacit knowledge through the experience of each actor and the interactions between them. Without a doubt,their competitiveness and reproducibility arises from the successful integration of tacit and codified knowledge, which makes it possible to transmit such knowledge both within each productive structure and between different structures. The high degree of specialization in traditional sectors, which means that incremental innovations prevail over radical ones, has often been identified as one of the causes for the reduced competitiveness of the Italian economy. Nevertheless, traditional sectors are home to a nucleus of mid-sized enterprises – often structured in holdings - that have achieved a dominant position in global niche markets. On the basis of the above, this paper aims to verify the Gibrat’s law– using balance sheet analyses and information collected through a direct survey – and also to verify whether the footwear sector in south and in Puglia is undergoing an evolution of its productive structure that can achieve better results in terms of efficiency and competitiveness.

The dynamic of footwear industry in the South and in Puglia

DE FELICE, ANNUNZIATA;MARTUCCI, Isabella
2010

Abstract

The specific characteristics of each local productive system include the cultural background of cooperative behaviour and knowledge of each of the system’s enterprises and subjects, taken individually and as a whole, which drives their pursuit of economic benefits, which are the result of economies that are external to the individual enterprise but internal to the sector. The success of local productive systems can be explained by their high degree of specialization, which generates an ever increasing amount tacit knowledge through the experience of each actor and the interactions between them. Without a doubt,their competitiveness and reproducibility arises from the successful integration of tacit and codified knowledge, which makes it possible to transmit such knowledge both within each productive structure and between different structures. The high degree of specialization in traditional sectors, which means that incremental innovations prevail over radical ones, has often been identified as one of the causes for the reduced competitiveness of the Italian economy. Nevertheless, traditional sectors are home to a nucleus of mid-sized enterprises – often structured in holdings - that have achieved a dominant position in global niche markets. On the basis of the above, this paper aims to verify the Gibrat’s law– using balance sheet analyses and information collected through a direct survey – and also to verify whether the footwear sector in south and in Puglia is undergoing an evolution of its productive structure that can achieve better results in terms of efficiency and competitiveness.
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