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Local firms’ strategies and cluster coopetition in Tuscany: the case of “Toscana Promozione” Agency

Dal Maso, Lorenzo and Lattanzi, Nicola Local firms’ strategies and cluster coopetition in Tuscany: the case of “Toscana Promozione” Agency. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 12 (1). pp. 131-141. ISSN 1810-5467 (2014)

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This study examines a new paradigm of coopetition strategy emerged in Tuscany, one of the most famous Italian area in the world for cultural and economic heritage. Nowadays, global success in business requires that firms implement both competitive and cooperative strategies (i.e. coopetition). This strategy, according to Ray Noorda (the founder of Novell – an American multinational software and services company headquartered in Provo, Utah), considers the advantages arising when both cooperation and competition coexist in the same domains. In the last twenty years, articles related to coopetition investigated several aspect of this strategy; in contrast, industry level coopetition has been investigated less than the other features (Rusko, 2011). Giving the literature review, there is a lack in knowledge regarding the benefits of coopetition fostered by local governments with foreign governments. This study presents a new approach of industry-level coopetition through the qualitative case study of the economic promotion agency in Tuscany, Toscana Promozione. The paper presents a new paradigm of coopetition strategy in where firms are in a coopetition relationship with foreign competitors (and governments) thanks to the support of local authorities. The main result of the research is that the boundary between institution and entrepreneur must be clear, government and local authorities must enforce competitiveness to improve the environment in which firms cooperate with the institution and compete each other with their own strategy. However during economic downturn periods, government and local authorities should, also, consider the possibility to become promoter, and supporter, of emerging entrepreneurship.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Keywords: institution, Tuscany brand equity, cluster competition, coopetition strategy, nautical district. JEL Classification: L14, L21.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Caterina Tangheroni
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 13:46
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 13:46
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3941

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