Endogenous Rerouting and Longevity in Systemic Organisations of Production

  • Marco Bellandi
  • Lisa De ProprisEmail author
  • Erica Santini
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


Recent debate in regional studies has focused on place-based approaches to local development that are associated more and more to the investigation of systemic features able to trigger sustainable innovation paths and resilience against shocks and challenges. This chapter draws on the interpretative arguments related to the endogenous processes of innovation and systemic mechanisms of longevity and long-term competitiveness in industrial districts and local production systems. A critical review of the recent contributions on this topic allows a novel understanding of how—under certain conditions—local production systems can benefit from endogenous rerouting, especially in the face of the recent technological changes strongly impacting on traditional industrial organisations. The activation of latent mechanisms of transition may recombine embedded competences and useful knowledge to deliver path-breaking economic solutions that create new competitive advantages and allow longevity to local production systems.


Industrial districts and local productions systems New wave of technological change Rerouting and longevity 



This research was supported by the EU under H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions project ‘MAKERS: Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity’, grant agreement no. 691192.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Bellandi
    • 1
  • Lisa De Propris
    • 2
    Email author
  • Erica Santini
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Business and Labour Economics. Birmingham Business SchoolUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Fondazione per la Ricerca e l’InnovazioneSesto FiorentinoItaly

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