Publications

Local sourcing in developing countries: The role of foreign direct investments and global value chains

Local sourcing in developing countries: The role of foreign direct investments and global value chains

Local sourcing in developing countries: The role of foreign direct investments and global value chains

This paper, co-authored with Vito Amendolagine, Andrea Presbitero and Marco Sanfilippo and published in World Development,  investigates whether and how participation and positioning in the global value chains (GVCs) of host countries is associated to local sourcing by foreign investors in 19 Sub-Saharan African countries and Vietnam. The article is open source and can be downloaded here.

Chinese and Indian MNEs’ shopping spree in advanced countries. How good it is for their innovative output?

Chinese and Indian MNEs’ shopping spree in advanced countries.  How good it is for their innovative output?

Chinese and Indian MNEs’ shopping spree in advanced countries. How good it is for their innovative output?

Chinese and Indian multinationals are continuously expanding their operations in Europe and the USA through cross-border acquisitions (CBAs), with the aim of tapping into international knowledge located in target firms and innovative hubs. In this article published in the Journal of Economic Geography with Amendolagine, Giuliani and Martinelli, we look into the innovative impacts that CBAs have on the acquiring multinational enterprises.

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems

In this article co-authored with Rasmus Lema and Padmashree Sampath, we investigate how combining global value chain and innovation system approaches can help to foster an understanding of the possible trajectories that learning and innovation may take in developing countries.

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Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

Do Global Value Chains Offer Developing Countries Learning and Innovation Opportunities?

With Valentina De Marchi and Elisa Giuliani I published an article in the European Journal of Development Research. The paper offers s a systematic review of the literature on developing country GVCs to investigate the learning channels used by local firms, both within (firm level, collective level) and outside of these value chains (i.e. external sources of learning), and the extent to which this activity promotes innovation.

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FDI, Global Value Chains, and Local Sourcing in Developing Countries

FDI, Global Value Chains, and Local Sourcing in Developing Countries

FDI, Global Value Chains, and Local Sourcing in Developing Countries

With Vito Amendolagine, Andrea Presbitero and Adnan Serie I published an IMF Working Paper on whether and how the participation and position in global value chains  of host countries is associated with local sourcing by foreign investors in 19 Sub-Saharan African countries and Vietnam.

Here you can download the WP

Chinese investments in Europe: corporate strategies and labour relations

Chinese investments in Europe: corporate strategies and labour relations

Chinese investments in Europe: corporate strategies and labour relations

With Vito Amendolagine I have contributed to this book edited by Jan Drahokoupil and published by ETUI with a chapter on Chinese Foreign Direct Investments in the European Union.

Here you can download the full book and here is the link to my chapter.

Exploring Firm-Level Innovation and Productivity in Developing Countries: The Perspective of Caribbean Small States

Exploring Firm-Level Innovation and Productivity in Developing Countries: The Perspective of Caribbean Small States

Exploring Firm-Level Innovation and Productivity in Developing Countries: The Perspective of Caribbean Small States

With Winston Moore and Andrea Presbitero I have contributed to this book with a chapter on The Gender Gap in the Caribbean: The Performance of Women-Led Firms. The paper shows that women-managed firms are in fact less productive than other comparable firms.

Here you can download our chapter and here is the link to an infographic.

 

Italian Industrial Districts Today: Between Decline and Openness to Global Value Chains

Italian Industrial Districts Today: Between Decline and Openness to Global Value Chains

Italian Industrial Districts Today: Between Decline and Openness to Global Value Chains

With Elisa Giuliani, I have published a  CERTeT WP on Italian industrial districts (IDs). In this paper we use the available empirical evidence on these recent transformations, and elaborate a novel typology of Italian ID organizational models (i.e. lowroad IDs, locally rooted GVC-led IDs, and outward oriented GVC-led IDs).

Here you can download the working paper

Clusters in the Caribbean: Understanding their Characteristics, Defining Policies for their Development

Clusters in the Caribbean: Understanding their Characteristics, Defining Policies for their Development

Clusters in the Caribbean: Understanding their Characteristics, Defining Policies for their Development

With Elisa Giuliani, I have published a IADB Discussion Paper discussing clusters in the Caribbean. A desk review of 32 clusters distributed across the Caribbean identifying three groups of clusters are identified: rising, innovative, and sluggish.

The working paper is available here

Gradual catch up and enduring leadership in the global wine industry

Gradual catch up and enduring leadership in the global wine industry

Gradual catch up and enduring leadership in the global wine industry

In this article co-authored with Andrea Morrison, we investigate the different catch-up cycles in the global wine sector between 1960 and 2010. Changes in demand opened the first window of opportunity for latecomers, who gradually caught up via path-creating strategies. Incumbents maintained their leadership by aligning their wines to current demand patterns. The entry of China in the wine market can open up a new catch-up cycle.

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Do Chinese State-Owned and private Enterprises Differ in their Internationalization Strategies?

Do Chinese State-Owned and private Enterprises Differ in their Internationalization Strategies?

5 most highly cited in China Economic Review, 27: 312-325

The article is co-authored with Alessia Amighini and Marco Sanfilippo.

We empirically analyse the host country determinants of Chinese outward foreign direct investments (FDI) for the years 2003 to 2011, using disaggregated data by country and industry. Our aim is to assess the relevance of market seeking, resource seeking and strategic asset-seeking motivations as suggested by the theory on host country determinants of FDI.

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