The Evolution of Technological Space and Firms’ Workforce Composition in a Manufacturing Region

35 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2020 Last revised: 8 Feb 2021

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Giancarlo Corò

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Monica Plechero

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management

Francesco Rullani

Ca Foscari University of Venice, Bliss - Digital Impact Lab

Mario Volpe

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Date Written: June 3, 2020

Abstract

The development of the technological space of a manufacturing region relates to its human capital. However, the dynamic relation between local firms’ workforce composition and their adoption of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies over time is still under investigated. The paper contributes to filling this gap analysing the relation over 10 years between technology adoption and the occupational choices of 1800 firms from one of the most industrialized regions of Italy: the Veneto Region. The results from descriptive as well as inferential analysis show that such relational dynamics are a multifaceted phenomenon, presenting a series of counterintuitive features.

Keywords: Digital technologies, Industry 4.0; manufacturing region, workforce, SME

JEL Classification: R11,O33, E24

Suggested Citation

Corò, Giancarlo and Plechero, Monica and Rullani, Francesco and Volpe, Mario, The Evolution of Technological Space and Firms’ Workforce Composition in a Manufacturing Region (June 3, 2020). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 12/WP/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3628317 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3628317

Giancarlo Corò (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

Monica Plechero

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Department of Management ( email )

San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

Francesco Rullani

Ca Foscari University of Venice, Bliss - Digital Impact Lab ( email )

San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873
Venice, VE 30121
Italy
+390412347428 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.francescorullani.com

Mario Volpe

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Veneto 30123
Italy

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