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The Italian "network contract" as an instrument of strategic development of small and medium-sized enterprises. An analysis of early experiences
Journal Title: ARGOMENTI 
Author/s: Selena Aureli, Massimo Ciambotti, Mara Del Baldo 
Year:  2011 Issue: 33 Language: Italian 
Pages:  30 Pg. 75-104 FullText PDF:  900 KB
DOI:  10.3280/ARG2011-033004
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This article investigates the first ‘network contracts’ signed by Italian firms by analyzing business networks’ dimensions, geographical areas and relevant economic sectors. With reference to the manufacturing industry it aims to understand whether this new legislative instrument is appropriate to sustain SMEs’ development and international competitiveness as expected by the Italian government. Searching for the presence and congruence of those elements considered necessary for inter-firm collaboration such as strategic objectives, operational programs, network organization and financial resources, it will be possible to understand how the network contract is really used and to appraise its effectiveness.
Keywords: Network contract, networking, inter-firm collaboration, competitiveness, SMEs
Jel Code: L14, L25, L52

Selena Aureli, Massimo Ciambotti, Mara Del Baldo, The Italian "network contract" as an instrument of strategic development of small and medium-sized enterprises. An analysis of early experiences in "ARGOMENTI" 33/2011, pp. 75-104, DOI:10.3280/ARG2011-033004

   

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