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Systemic Design for a New Sustainable Made in Italy Supply Chain

Format: Papers, RSD12, RSD12 Papers Pre-release

Stefano Salzillo
In the current global economic landscape, two aspects are contingent on the one hand, to the hierarchical fossilization of business macrosystems; on the other, to productive realities marked by networked logics that invest in territories’ innovation, local resources, and community relations (Tamborrini, Stabellini, 2018).
In this scenario in which the twins green & digital transitions direct and shape the future of societies (Bianchini, Damioli, Ghisetti, 2023), the need to subvert the current economic paradigm has emerged in favor of a systemic reorganization of value chains (Portner, 2004), combining the principles of sustainable development (Vezzoli, 2017), innovation of business models, skills and production processes and their re-centralization on territories.
Particularly Made in Italy – characterized by micro-small enterprises, organized in districts and supply chains (Bonomi, 2014) related to the concept of soft economy (Cianciullo, Realacci, 2005) – represents a fertile ground upon which to launch systemic actions that are able to enhance local resources and productions, keeping the environment and ecosystems undamaged (Lotti, Trivellin, et al., 2018).
The paper exposes the first directions of a research project that addresses the theme of enhancing territories and co-participating supply chains with the aim of developing a systemic-oriented strategy of multisectoral aggregation. The project aims to integrate industrial symbiosis processes using secondary raw materials, supply chain waste and closed-cycle product systems, to the ethical-social sharing of knowledge, know-how and territory values.
The phase of data detection relevant to the development of the research involves an early study regarding the Made in Italy supply chains, specifically of the Campania region, with the intention of identifying their distribution, geographical location, and already existing relationships with the territory.
A second survey detect the production activities most related to the proposed model and shared resources, tangible and intangible, to establish a local network capable of gradually reproducing itself on a larger scale.
The criteria used in the selection of companies to be involved in the first experimentation of co-participated supply chain consider: the ability to relate to the social and productive context of the territory; the professional profiles of the company’s workforce; the promotion of strategies for the transfer of skills; and aspects related to production activities.
The article presents the results of an initial field survey of companies potentially willing to start co-participated production processes and build new sustainable Made in Italy supply chains.
Keywords: systemic-oriented strategies
soft economy
sustainable supply chains
co- participatory ecosystem

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Author(s): Stefano Salzillo
Year: 2023
Title: Systemic Design for a New Sustainable Made in Italy Supply Chain
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/sustainable-made-in-italy-supply-chain
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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