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The aim of this work is to analyze the key role that knowledge, Social Capabilities and innovations play in the transfer and diffusion of tacit knowledge in a modern industrial District and how this creates new knowledge and innovation. The study is also focused on a measure of Social Capabilities within a District using a composite indicator and we investigate the effective role of these inputs in stimulating innovative activity in an industrial District performance. The analysis, measuring Social Capabilities, requires data collection using a questionnaire designed to obtain information which permit the development of qualitative and quantitative indicators.
Chapter 1 Introduction and outline of the research framework
Chapter 2 Theoretical aspects of knowledge and tacit knowledge
Chapter 3 Theoretical aspects of social capabilities
Chapter 4 Conceptual approach: Nonaka and Takeuchi’s model in the Industrial District
Chapter 5 Empirical methodology: the choice of the case study
Chapter 6 A picture of the southern Italian and Apulian economy. The fashion District in Apulia
Chapter 7 Empirical results for southern italian Districts
Chapter 8 Measuring social capabilities using the questionnaire
Chapter 9 Synthesis and conclusions
Annunziata de Felice
Annunziata de Felice is Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Bari (Italy) and she is Lecturer in Economics and in the Theory of the firm at the University of Bari. She has a PHD in Innovation and Competition at the University of Manchester. She was component of a different Research Projects at national (Ministry of University and Research) and local levels (University of Bari) to regard the Industrial production in Apulia, the evolution of the Industrial organization in the South of Italy, capabilities and local production. She has published several articles in international and national reviews.