Eleonora Di Maria

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Global economy is transforming the sources of the competitive advantages of firms, especially for firms embedded in local manufacturing systems. Based on the theoretical contributions to knowledge management and industrial districts, this paper describes alternative firm’s strategies and upgrading options by exploring the relationships among innovation,(More)
Italian industrial districts are no longer self-contained systems of small firms, where firms’ competitiveness is the result of physical proximity and links with global economy are limited to export sales. A new generation of firms is taking the lead, reshaping the form of districts through their innovative strategies focused on R&D, design and ICT. Most of(More)
Industrial districts as local networks of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) rooted their competitiveness in a mix of economic relationships and social ties. Recently, network technologies (ICT) have promised gains of efficiency through a reduction in transaction costs and showed new commercial opportunities for small firms. Despite the attention given to(More)
Porter defines clusters as " a geographically proximate group of interconnected companies and associate institutions in a particular field, linked by commonalities and complementaries " (1998). Through this concept Porter explains the different sources of competitive advantage, considering the business environment close to the firm as particularly important(More)
The current paper is a user-centered study that intends to evaluate the usability of MRP (mobile robotic telepresence) systems inside museums from pilot users’ perspective by obtaining feedbacks from users who deploy a MRP system to visit a museum. The main aim of this study is to provide some guidelines which might contribute greatly to design and(More)
Network technologies offer the opportunity to reshape connections among economic players by increasing the power of customers, makers and knowledge-intensive business firms in innovation processes and value-creation dynamics. Through a theoretical description of the convergence of manufacturing and service offerings, this paper discusses the various(More)
The trade-off between customisation and standardisation in service offerings has been widely debated in the literatures on service in general and on knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) specifically. Moving beyond this trade-off, this paper introduces a new type of service offering, called combinatory KIBS, distinguished by their capability to(More)
Literature on eco-parks and eco-clusters has emphasized the opportunities for the coupling of local economic development and sustainability, going beyond firms’ green strategies to include also supply chains and local networks of firms. Studies have described the conditions and policies for the development of new sustainable economic activities in specific(More)
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