Competenze che vengono da lontano

Vera Negri Zamagni

Il Mulino, 2009

Finmeccanica. Competenze che vengono da lontano

Finmeccanica. Competenze che vengono da lontano

The publication of this book marked the end of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Finmeccanica. The book reviews the history of the Group from 1948, when it was set up as a financial sector of the large public holding company IRI, to 2008, when it became one of the largest Italian manufacturing groups, a leader in advanced technologies. The author, Vera Negri Zamagni, professor of economic history at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Bologna, follows the thread of the story, pursuing the succession of events and changes to the "roots" of today and offering readers a quantitative analysis of the economic characteristics that the Group has taken on over its sixty years of life: turnover, exports, employment, sectoral and geographical details, profitability, Group directors. The book opens with a preface by Prof. Giulio Tremonti, Minister of the Economy and Finance, who takes his cue from the events in Finmeccanica's history for a reflection on the relationship between State and market and on the nature and role of public companies within capitalist economies. This volume is the best way to witness the Group's close ties with the history of Italy, retracing as it does the journey that Finmeccanica has taken since its inception, with positive moments and difficulties, defeats and successes, but always with its gaze fixed on a future characterised by great attention to technology, people and the development of industry. The book is part of the collection "Storie di imprese", which brings together studies on important Italian companies, in the belief that investigating and disseminating their history can provide an important contribution to our knowledge of the economic fabric of our country.

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