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Native and Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Lessons for Local Liabilities in Globalization from the Prato Case Study

  • Simone Guercini
  • Gabi Dei Ottati
  • Loretta Baldassar
  • Graeme Johanson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Simone Guercini, Gabi Dei Ottati, Loretta Baldassar, Graeme Johanson
    Pages 1-6
  3. Simone Guercini, Gabi Dei Ottati, Loretta Baldassar, Graeme Johanson
    Pages 7-29
  4. Graeme Johanson, Francesco Beghelli, Anja Fladrich
    Pages 115-132
  5. Simone Guercini, Gabi Dei Ottati, Loretta Baldassar, Graeme Johanson
    Pages 209-217

About this book


This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the issue of “local liabilities”, drawing on close analysis of the case of Chinese migrants and the Italian industrial district of Prato in order to elucidate the problems, or liabilities, that derive from the separation between natives and immigrants in local systems of people and firms. Insights are offered from a variety of disciplines, including business and industrial economics, anthropology, and sociology, thereby providing a framework through which to view the problems and also identifying potential pathways for their evolution and resolution. The focus on local liabilities affords an original perspective on the nature of globalization and highlights salient aspects of native and immigrant entrepreneurship. Globalization not only creates "bridges" between distant places but also changes the face of businesses and socioeconomic systems at the local level, where local liabilities may emerge when two or more separate communities (of persons and firms) exist. The greater the separation between the communities, the greater the local liabilities. In offering diverse perspectives on this relatively neglected aspect of globalization, the book will be of interest to a wide readership.


Local liability Immigrant entrepreneurship Chinese immigrant firms Liability of foreignness Liability of outsidership Prato industrial district Chinese manufacturing entrepreneurship Migrant entrepreneurship in Italy Wenzhou migrants in Italy

Editors and affiliations

  • Simone Guercini
    • 1
  • Gabi Dei Ottati
    • 2
  • Loretta Baldassar
    • 3
  • Graeme Johanson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.School of Social SciencesThe University of Western Australia School of Social SciencesCRAWLEYAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of Information TechnologyMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia

About the editors

Simone Guercini is a Professor of Management at the University of Florence and visiting professor at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business. His research interests include business marketing, heuristics in business, entrepreneurship in communities, and internationalization, with a special focus on the Italian fashion industry. Simone received his PhD in economics from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. 

Gabi Dei Ottati is a Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Florence and a member of the European Research Centre on Regional and Local Development. Her main research interests include industrial organization and economic development, with a special focus on Italy and industrial districts. Having collaborated for many years with Giacomo Becattini, the revitalizer of the Marshallian industrial district concept, she is part of the Florence school of local development. 

Loretta Baldassar is a Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia, and Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University. Her research interests focus on transnational migrants, families, and caregiving, including the question of generations. Loretta received her PhD from the University of Western Australia. 

Graeme Johanson is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Monash University. His research interests include social informatics, virtual communities, and e-democracy, with a focus on migration and transnationalism. Graeme received his PhD in economics from Monash University. 

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