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Innovation and de-industrialization in Grenoble and Turin

Abstract : With the Globalization of Markets there is an opening of borders, new commercial trade, and increase in competition. Local production systems have adapted by looking at introducing cheaper production methods. Typical industrial areas reduce their activity and turn to new assets such as services. Older industrial areas have suffered and suffer reduction and transformation process as summarized in the de-industrialization model. Competition is increased by the new skills and technologies acquired so new enterprises can develop and endure. In order to support technological innovation Pôle de Compétitivité in Rhône Alpes and Poli di Innovazione in Piedmont were born. On the basis of this scenario the central question of this thesis is: “ In the presence of two urban centers like Grenoble and Turin, with similar properties of de-industrialization, do two similar public policies lead to similar results?” “Are there two different development models for Grenoble and Turin”? As to methodology, after a literature analysis I carried fieldwork and some interviews with managers meso-structures selected in the two urban areas. This thesis asserts that policies of Pôle de Compétitivité and Pôles d'Innovation show important differences.
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Alessandra Ressico. Innovation and de-industrialization in Grenoble and Turin. Economics and Finance. Université de Grenoble; Università degli studi dell'Insubria (Varese, Italie), 2013. Italian. ⟨NNT : 2013GRENE010⟩. ⟨tel-00987513⟩

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