Small multinational groups in the Italian industrial districts: interpretations and empirical evidence from the mechanical engineering industry

  • Sergio Mariotti
  • Marco Mutinelli
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


The formation within industrial districts of ‘multinational groups’ composed of local enterprises and units with a parent company in Italy and affiliates in other countries is an issue closely linked to internationalisation of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), that constitute the fundamental ecological units of the country’s industrial districts.


Foreign Direct Investment Parent Company Industrial District Small Business Economic Entry Mode Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergio Mariotti
    • 1
  • Marco Mutinelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Polytechnic of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly

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