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High Technology, Productivity and Networks
A Systemic Approach to SME Development
 
 
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30 Apr 2008
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Small and medium firms play an important part in the global economy, but technological progress in telecommunications and infrastructure, coupled with the liberalization of a number of international organizations, has introduced a number of new competitors to existing SMEs. Their stability is jeopardized, both in economic and social terms.
The current risk of a progressive weakening of local economies raises questions about the competitive role and potential of SMEs in global markets. This book analyzes strategic aspects of SME development that may help to promote growth within their economies: high-tech development, productivity increase in traditional enterprises, and strengthening of networks. The book contains contributions from a variety of international experts, offering a comprehensive view of the development of specific sectors, territories, and institutions, and, more specifically, providing a systemic and compact approach to analysing and promoting the development process in specific locations and countries.


Description

Small and medium firms play an important part in the global economy, but technological progress in telecommunications and infrastructure, coupled with the liberalization of a number of international organizations, has introduced a number of new competitors to existing SMEs. Their stability is jeopardized, both in economic and social terms.
The current risk of a progressive weakening of local economies raises questions about the competitive role and potential of SMEs in global markets. This book analyzes strategic aspects of SME development that may help to promote growth within their economies: high-tech development, productivity increase in traditional enterprises, and strengthening of networks. The book contains contributions from a variety of international experts, offering a comprehensive view of the development of specific sectors, territories, and institutions, and, more specifically, providing a systemic and compact approach to analysing and promoting the development process in specific locations and countries.


Contents

Foreword; M.D.Parrilli
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Hi-tech Development, Productivity Increase and Networking: A Systemic Approach to the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises; M.D.Parrilli
PART II: HI-TECH PROMOTION
The Regional Innovation System in Emilia-Romagna, Italy; L.Ramaciotti
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Hi-Technology Industries: The Experience of the Biotech Industry in the US; S.Schweitzer& M.Di Tommaso
The Start-up Process of Knowledge-based Firms in Latin America; H.Kantis& P.Angelelli
PART III: PRODUCTIVITY INCREASES
Business Support Services: A Conceptual Framework and some Interesting Practices; N.Bellini
Entrepreneurship, Small Firms and Self-Employment; D.Audretsch, M.Callejon& M.J.Aranguren
Competitiveness based on Low Production Costs or on High Specialisation and Productivity: The Case of Costa Rica; J.Aguilar& M.Elizondo
PART IV: NETWORKING
Trust and Social Capital in Glo-Cal Networks; L.De Propis
Local and Global Linkages of Small and Medium Enterprises in Local Production Systems in Brazil; W.Suzigan, R.Garcia& J.Furtado
Industrial Cluster Trajectories and Opportunities for Endogenous Upgrading in Developing Countries; P.Knorringa
A Sectoral Approach to Global Value Chain and Cluster Development in Latin America; C.Pietrobelli& R.Rabellotti
PART V: CONCLUSIONS
Conclusions; P.Bianchi


Authors

MARIO DAVIDE PARRILLI is Lecturer in Industrial Development Policy Industrial Economics at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is also Coordinator of the Latin American Graduate School in Industrial Development and SME Policies and of a related EU-ALFA Project. Over the years he has lectured and researched in several European and Latin American countries. His other publications include SME Cluster Development: A Dynamic View of Survival Clusters in Developing Countries.

ROGER SUGDEN is Professor of Commerce at the University of Birmingham, UK.

PATRIZIO BIANCHI is at the Università di Ferrara, Italy.