It is important not to give up on Italy’s industrial vocation. Unfortunately, it is not that self-evident. For years, we have been listening to sloppy analyses on the decline of industrial policy, as if it were a taboo in times of virtual economy and erosion of economic sovereignty.
Meanwhile, the crisis was digging in our ability to make industry, revolutionizing its connotations. The result being that industrial desertification risk is still looming and the polarization of the Italian production system is increasingly noticeable. On the one hand, there are companies dependent on the domestic market, which would struggle or collapse; on the other, there are companies that are internationalized and work on external demand, which are good or very good instead.
This dichotomy may have many causes. The factor of the size of the company, for example, has a big impact. What makes the difference is the degree of innovation. Which does not simply mean to open up to new frontiers of technological and digital revolution. It means understanding it. And guessing in advance the transformations underway. Because it changes not only the substance of doing business, but also the time factor. Everything moves through sudden leaps; we now skip altogether stages that used to be compulsory once.
Disintermediation and horizontality in the production and distribution are the rule. Here, as in all spheres of social life, it would be a mistake to assume that we can afford the luxury of sacrificing the time of thought because everything is so fast. I am sure of the contrary. The more everything around the equation becomes complex, the more patiently we have to examine it carefully at every step, to understand how to deal with these things and to make it become an successful occasion.
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