Paper info: Supply Network Strategies. An Inquiry Into the Changes in the Italian Mid-Sized Company and Its Supplier Relationships
Supply Network Strategies. An Inquiry Into the Changes in the Italian Mid-Sized Company and Its Supplier Relationships
University of Urbino
Place of Publication
The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.
The paper analyzes the changes affecting the supply network strategies of mid-sized Italian companies born and developed leveraging on strong supply network relationships with co-localized actors within their industrial district contexts. Particular attention is devoted to the changes concerning the management of their local and global supplier relationships as a consequence of their growth and their positioning on the international market.The paper therefore aims at focusing on the interplay between the mid-sized company's growth and development and the most significant changes in the structure and in the substance of its supply network relationships. The focus of the analysis is a medium/large sized Italian company in the mechanical industry, specialized in the production of woodworking machinery for furniture producers, localized in the well known "furnishing Pesarodistrict". We analyze its process of growth from a local small/medium sized company to a medium/large international one, trying to deal with the following issues:- the constraints and opportunities generated by the local supply network in relation to the company's international development and vice versa,- the modality (if and how) of the designing of a local/global supply network,- the reciprocal influences between local and international supply base.