Organizing for Innovation.
Advanced client-supplier relationships
by Adriano De Maio & Enrico Maggiore
preface by Lucio Stanca
IBM Foundation Book Series

The book was published in 1992 but nevertheless remains an important reference in the theory of management. The book shows the advantages of a codesign relationship between customer and supplier. The key issue is the innovation and development of new products. The book describes some success cases regarding the evolution of the relationship between customer and supplier in a hi-tech and medium-tech manufacturing context. Cases reveal the opportunities of collaborative models based on a systematic exchange of knowledge among businesses. Competitive advantages are both for clients and suppliers.  Finally, the book proposes a reference model regarding the operations of an "advanced relationship". In the 1992 Internet didn't exist yet. At that time the most advanced communication technology was EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) that allowed connections point to point. Business cases concern IBM, Fiat, Siemens, Honda, ABB, BTicino, Alcatel.​ Read More >​​​

Defining politics and monitoring results
by Gian Carlo Vecchi e Giuseppe Gioioso
Public Function Department Book Series

This handbook represents the result of the Laboratory "Integration of tools for strategic planning and control" promoted by the Public Function Department of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers. By referring to some case studies, the book reveals that many cities in Italy develop the process of definition of politics, strategies, projects and design specific tools for the monitoring, control, and evaluation of results. The book underlines the originality and the integration of different configurations adopted in relation to specific strategic and organizational objectives. The book describes the case of the City of Caltagirone. In particular, it explores the model of the Strategic Development Plan 2004-2011 developed by InnVenture. The Plan received three national recognitions: within the Forum PA (2007 and 2008) and within the Real Estate Expo in Milan (2007).

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Expo 2015. A Milanese affair or an opportunity for the country? 
by Enrico Maggiore


This article, published in 2011 by the web magazine "Alarm Milan, Hope Milan", proposes an alternative project of Expo 2015. A project aimed at economic growth and the exploitation of know-how in agriculture; a model that considers international cooperation the key element of the event. An exposition of technology and R&D in agriculture rather than a party for food and kitchen. The article proposes a strong involvement of Italian regions in food security initiatives starting from 2010, in order to satisfy the needs of developing regions. Many countries voted for Milan during the assignment of the Expo 2015 and expressed concrete needs. Finally, two goals are assigned to Milan: to return being the engine of Italy and to show concreteness and solidarity to the world.

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Silicon Solutions. Helping plants to help themselves. A holistic review
by Edward Bent


There is a large body of scientific research and knowledge on the benefits to plants of an adequate supply of silicon, yet few books (if any) have attempted to transform the resulting academic information into a form more accessible to the practical interests and needs of growers and agronomists. As such it is the first of its type. Of particular note, it also emphasizes the important contributions that silicon can make to improving the internal quality of produce and its post-harvest characteristics in terms of nutritional value, packing, transport, storage, and distribution.

The effects of silicon on plants cannot be considered separately from its influence on soil structure, soil microorganisms and in the context of plant stress dynamics – because silicon has beneficial effects in ALL of these areas. The work is divided into sections addressed to agricultural, horticultural and floricultural crops together with a series of tables showing positive results obtained from the use of silicon. It is written in a straightforward style and is amply illustrated.

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RE-USE Ragusa.
Sustainable strategies to revive the city center
by Carlo Alberto Maggiore


Ragusa is the chief town of the southernmost province of Italy and one of the eight towns in south-eastern Sicily that in 2002 have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for the innovation of their urban plans and the architectural values of their late Baroque monuments.

The book concerns the regeneration of the historic center of Ragusa Superiore, the "new town" built on a higher plateau after the earthquake which destroyed the old city in 1693. More in-depth, the book deals with the results of an extensive program of study and design experience on the city and its environment that the Municipality of Ragusa is developing together with the Polytechnic of Milan, in view of its general urban plan revision.

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