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Future trends and Italian SMEs

Authors Names :   Corinne Celant   1 *     Irina V. Pustokhina   2  

1  Affiliation :  Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow, Russia

    Email :  corinne.celant@gmail.com

2  Affiliation :  Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow, Russia

    Email :  ivpustokhina@yandex.ru

Doi   :  10.5281/zenodo.3782886

Abstract :

The stagnation of the domestic market has brought the majority of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to their knees, leading them to reinvent their way of doing business and find new strategies in order to survive and grow when the environmental conditions are deeply changing. On the one hand, new trends create a strong disruption on a structural level among the productive fabrics, but on the other hand, they represent also an opportunity, which opens new scenarios and new possibilities for the relaunch of SMEs.

Among the most important challenges for Italian SMEs is internationalization, which is the possibility for enterprises to trade their goods not only on the domestic market but also on the foreign markets trying to find new opportunities to obtain some advantages. This is a very complicated process, traumatic and challenging in term of resources, but the possibility to have a genetic patrimony and a productive value, as the ones of the “Made in Italy", gives to the products of Italian enterprises a high level of competition and strong differentiation, making this process more accessible. 

The growth and competitiveness of enterprises, in particular SMEs, increasingly depend on the ability to apply new knowledge, working methods, and technologies as well as on the opportunity to participate in the commercialization of research developments in order to create new products, services or processes. Therefore, companies should strive to benefit from the opportunities and competitive advantages that innovation brings. SMEs play an important role in economic growth and provide most of the new jobs in Italy.

Within the framework of this paper, the insight into the SMEs internationalization process is presented. The article provides an analysis of SMEs in the process of internationalization. Besides it concentrates on the new threats and opportunities represented by the new industrial revolution - Industry 4.0. Analyzing the impact of Industry 4.0 on the internationalization of Italian SMEs, the authors explain the solutions that are being used and the ones that should be taken.

Keywords :

SME , Industry 4.0 , digitalization , investment , reshoring , manufacturing , customization , innovation

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