Business crises, institutions and their geographical locations: new relationships, new opportunities

The competitiveness of an enterprise is conditioned by the internal dynamics that characterize the industrial sector it belongs to, but also – and more and more importantly – by the macro environment in which it is situated. The efficiency of the public administration, the transport system, energy and telecommunications networks, training possibilities, and so on, are the main elements that constitute the macro environment and therefore the ‘core’ of the competitiveness of the areas and the businesses located in those areas. These elements, in the case of a business or area crisis, represent the levers to be pulled and strengthened in order to trigger endogenous economic and occupational development processes.

The conference promoted by CRIET on ‘Business crises, institutions and their geographical locations: new relationships, new opportunities’, aims to propose possible models of approaching  and solving of business and area crises, based on the centrality of the geographical area and its various actors, who are increasingly called upon to be active in solving problems and to be involved with economic and social development policies.

The focus of the conference is not directly related to the current economic situation, but is an opportunity for reflection, even methodological, on how to effectively address the business and area crises and the development opportunities that can be gained, especially if it is necessary to trigger the competitive repositioning processes of the area and its economic actors. It is therefore intended to take this opportunity to propose a shared and structured reflection, in order to suggest new methods of crisis management and territorial development (‘governance’) and also to build replicable intervention models.

A breakdown of the interventions reveals the international and European aspect, the starting points and the policies of the actors in the developments and, last but not least, the role of the regions and the coordination carried out by central administrations. The round table intends to compare the different experiences and proposals which have emerged, so as to specify the design of necessary, potential intervention models, their strengths and their problematic aspects.