Pulished in 2000, a selection of contributions presented in 1998 at the conference of Udine entitled, "The Development of Industrial Districts in Italy". The theoretical aim of the book is to explain the dynamic mechanism of the growth of Italian "industrial districts" shifting attention from "Marshallian industrial districts", where focus is not just on the decentralization of production among small-batch firms. Determinant factors explaining growth seem related to the ways in which firms explore the markets, learn tacit knowledge, network with subcontractors and make incremental innovations. In substance, the work offers a cognitive approach to the issue of industrial districts.
Part 1: Innovation and Learning 1. Models of localised technological change, Fiorenza Belussi and Giorgio Gottardi 2. Innovation and the creation of knowledge in Italian Industrial Districts: A System Model, Giorgio Gottardi 3. The Cognitive Approach to the Study of Local Production Systems, Mauro Lombardi Part 2: Knowledge as a Resource and its Implications for Policy 4. Endogenous development of local systems and SME’s: Lessons from Practical Experience, Silvano Bertini 5. Policies for the Development of Knowledge-Invested Local Production Systems, Fiorenza Belussi 6. Multimedia Technology: An Organisational Challenge for Small Firms in Industrial Districts, Christian Gethon and Fabio Arcangeli Part 3: The Dynamics of Local Industrial Systems: Empirical Evidence 7. Evolutionary and Adaptive Local Systems in Northeast Italy: Strategies of Learning, Leadership and Co-Operation, Luciano Pilotti 8. The Socialisation of competencies in the Development of Human Resources in Small Enterprise Districts, Paolo Calza Bini and M. Caermela Bosco 9. The Evolution of the Chair-Manufacturing Industry in Friuli-Venezia Guialia, Monica Tamisari.