Monica Plechero
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Short Bio

Monica Plechero is currently a research fellow at the Department of Economics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Her research area relates to Industry 4.0, geography of innovation, globalization of innovation, regional innovation systems and Industrial Districts. In her research, she seeks to understand factors and conditions that may lead to firms' innovation and regional and industrial development and to different trajectories. The unit of analysis she adopts in her studies usually captures firms (specifically, SMEs), clusters/districts or regional innovation systems.

She holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from Lund University (SE) and an International Master in European Studies of Society, Science and Technology from Lund University (SE) and Roskilde University (DK). Previously to her experience in academia, she worked for many years as independent researcher and consultant for different Italian entrepreneurial associations and other research organizations.

Recent Publications
for the full publication list before 2017 please see my CV

INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS (in English). Journals in red.

Bellandi, M., Plechero, M. and Santini, E, forthcoming, Forms of place leadership in local productive systems: from endogenous rerouting to deliberate resistance to change. Regional Studies.

Bellandi, M., Plechero, M. and Santini, E, 2021, The Supporting and Hampering Role of Place Leadership in Italian Industrial Districts. Handbook on City and Regional Leadership, edited by Sotarauta, M. and Beer, A (eds.). Edward Elgard Publishing.

Plechero M., Kulkarni M., Chaminade C., and Parthasarathy B., 2020. Explaining the past, predicting the future: the influence of regional trajectories on innovation networks of new industries in emerging economies. Industry and Innovation. Online first.

Bellandi, M., Chaminade, C., Plechero, M., 2020. Transformative paths, multi-scalarity of knowledge bases and Industry 4.0. In De Propris, L. & Bailey, D. (eds.). Industry 4.0 and Regional Transformations. London: Routledge,

Forrer, V., Plechero, M., Rossi, A., Santin, E., 2020. Top-down and bottom-up legitimization of emerging industries. Evidence from two Italian Mechatronics clusters, DEM Working Papers, vol, n░ 14.

Cor˛, G., Plechero, M., Rullani, F. and Volpe, M, 2020. The Evolution of Technological Space and Firms' Workforce Composition in a Manufacturing Region. University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 12/WP/2020.

Chaminade, C., Bellandi, M. Plechero, M. and Santini E., 2019. Understanding processes of path renewal and creation in thick specialized regional innovation systems. Evidence from two textile districts in Italy and Sweden. European Planning Studies. 27 (10), 1978-1994.

Plechero, M, Rullani, E., 2019. Beyond Local: The Role of National Innovation Networks Within the 4th IR. SYMPHONYA Emerging Issues in Management (2), 60-71.

Lin, J., Plechero, M. 2019. Global innovation networks for Chinese high tech small and medium enterprises: the supportive role of highly skilled migrants and returnees. Int. J. Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 11(2), 140-154.

Zukauskaite, E., Trippl, M. and Plechero, M., 2017. Institutional Thickness Revisited. Economic Geography, 93 (4), pp. 325-345.

Cozza, C. and Plechero M., 2017. The concentration of Health research and innovation across EU regions, Argomenti, 8, 107-120


Cor˛, G., Plechero, M. Volpe, M., 2020. Il ruolo degli investimenti in tecnologie digitali sulla capacitÓ di risposta all'emergenza Covid-19: un'indagine sulle imprese manifatturiere del Veneto. Economia e SocietÓ Regionale, 38 (2), 119-134.

Cor˛, G., Plechero, M. Volpe, M., 2020. Impresa 4.0: Fattori abilitanti ed effetti sulle PMI dell'adozione delle tecnologie di Industria 4.0 . L'Industria. Rivista di Economia e Politica Industriale, 2, pp. 215-237. Doi: 10.1430/97563

Plechero, M., 2018. Fuori dalla crisi: la capacitÓ competitiva delle imprese del distretto della meccatronica vicentina. Sinergie, 36 (107), 139-157.


since April 1st, 2009