Edited By Danièle Fraboulet-Rousselier, Andrea Maria Locatelli and Paolo Tedeschi
Conclusion. New Outlooks on the History of European Business Interest Associations (Andrea M. Locatelli & Paolo Tedeschi)
195 CONCLUSION New Outlooks on the History of European Business Interest Associations 1. The European BIAs’ history and Business History The aim of this volume is to allow scholars to improve their knowledge about the genesis and development of European BIAs and also to make some comparison between different organisations models1. These models were related to entrepreneurs’ goals and the scale of enterprises. They also depended on the relationships existing between BIAs, trade unions and public authorities, as well as, obviously, on the prevailing economic climate. It is clear that good relations with workers and public authorities were an important part of the structure which allowed Europe- an BIAs’ to orient themselves towards more effectively solving bureau- cratic problems, improving the quality of members’ managers and work- ers, and advertising members’ products in foreign markets. It is also clear that BIAs, representing nationally significant enterprises and particularly multinational enterprises, pursued aims and strategies quite dissimilar to those followed by BIAs representing SMEs. Different laws allowed BIAs’ members to enact different policies and this becomes clearly evident when analysing alternative approaches to the creation and support of what might be considered as cartels rather than just support networks. As with the majority of studies of BIAs, the research in this volume registered differences between horizontal and vertical BIAS. Also recon- firmed is the fact that the interconnection between the interests of a geographical territory and its productive sectors obviously modified the goals and results of BIAs’ activities, whether in a specific...
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