KS Italian Economic and Business Context

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
2 ECTS M2 - Master's programme 2. year Business Administration Robert Breitenecker 1 hpw Universit├Ąt Bergamo
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Joint Master's Program Global Business - Russia/Italy 2020W
Objectives The aim of this part of the course is to provide an overview of the main features of the ongoing process of world economic globalization, with a special focus on the Italian economy. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between some peculiarities of the Italian manufacturing system, which is dominated by very small firms and very traditional sectors (i.e. textile and clothing, leather and shoes, mechanical, ceramic tiles), and its decreasing competitiveness in the international market.
Subject Main topics

  • The globalization process: data analysis and basic concepts
  • Trade and Multinational Corporations
  • A general overview of the Italian economy
  • The Italian pattern of international specialization
  • Italian industrial districts
Criteria for evaluation
Language English
Study material Giorgio Barba Navaretti and Anthony J. Venables (eds.), (2006), Multinational Firms in the World Economy, Princeton University Press, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

Barba Navaretti G., Bugamelli M., Schiverdi F., Altomonte C., Horgos D, Maggioni D. 2011. The global operations of European firms. Bruegel Blueprint 12.

Iapadre P.L. 2011. Trade and employment in Italy. OECD Trade Policy Working Papers 126.

Changing subject? No
Further information The course is especially designed for students of the Troika program.
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 40
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority