Linking Local and Global Economies: The Ties that Bind

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Clusters of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have to adapt continually to a fast changing environment. This new book, containing contributions on countries ranging from Italy and Mexico to China and India, recognizes the disparity between conditions in these countries and poses some interesting questions about what might be termed post cluster globalization. This book will be of interest to students, academics and policy makers in the fields of economic geography, international business and ...
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Overview

Clusters of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have to adapt continually to a fast changing environment. This new book, containing contributions on countries ranging from Italy and Mexico to China and India, recognizes the disparity between conditions in these countries and poses some interesting questions about what might be termed post cluster globalization. This book will be of interest to students, academics and policy makers in the fields of economic geography, international business and entrepreneurship.
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Carlo Pietrobelli is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Rome III, Italy. Arni Sverrisson is Associate Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 The ties that bind: small and medium-sized enterprises in the global economy 1
2 Local and global commodity chains 17
3 Conceptualising technological capability building in SME clusters in developing countries 36
4 A Marxian-Schumpeterian-Veblenian theory of small industrial enterprise 56
5 Productivity, international competitiveness and technology policy in Latin America 75
6 The internationalisation of small and medium-sized firms in Italy during the 1990s 83
7 Export behaviour, firm size and productivity growth in Italy 107
8 Upgrading and technological regimes in industrial clusters in Italy and Taiwan 133
9 The East Asian crisis and beyond: new perspectives for linkages between SMEs and TNCs? 160
10 Can Nanjing's concentration of IT companies become an innovative cluster? 170
11 The garment boom in northern Mexico: role and opportunities for rural SMEs 185
12 Market integration and production systems: SMEs in the Euro-Mediterranean region 207
13 Do small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from patent protection? 220
14 Global regulatory imperatives and small firms: the case of Indian pharmaceuticals 240
Index 254
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