Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 by Annalee SaxenianRegional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 by Annalee Saxenian

Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128

byAnnalee Saxenian

Paperback | March 1, 1996

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Why is it that business in California's Silicon Valley flourished while along Route 128 in Massachusetts declined in the 90s? The answer, Saxenian suggests, has to do with the fact that despite similar histories and technologies, Silicon Valley developed a decentralized but cooperative industrial system while Route 128 came to be dominated by independent, self-sufficient corporations. The result of more than one hundred interviews, this compelling analysis highlights the importance of local sources of competitive advantage in a volatile world economy.
AnnaLee Saxenian is Dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Title:Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pagesPublished:March 1, 1996Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674753402

ISBN - 13:9780674753402

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Table of Contents

Prologue

Introduction: Local Industrial Systems

1. Genesis: Universities, Military Spending, and Entrepreneurs

2. Silicon Valley: Competition and Community

3. Route 128: Independence and Hierarchy

4. Betting on a Product

5. Running with Technology

6. Inside Out: Blurring Firms' Boundaries

Conclusion: Protean Places

Notes

Historical Data

Definitions and Data Sources

Acknowledgments

Index

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Over the past decade however there has been a growing interest in the role which territory (in the form of regions, industrial districts or innovative milieux)plays in fostering technical change and industrialinnovationOne of the many virtues of this book is the way it penetrates beneath these superficial similarities, exposing a more complex, more telling set of differences which help to explain the very different fortunes of these regions in recent yearswhat we have here is a well-researched, elegantly written and provocative book on a subject which should engage a wide array of disciplines, especially those with an interest in innovation and regional development.