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

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

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By (author) Annalee Saxenian

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  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 241mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 5 March 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674753402
  • ISBN 13: 9780674753402
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 6 graphs, 2 maps, 5 tables
  • Sales rank: 659,160

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Why is it that business in Silicon Valley is again flourishing while along Route 128 in Massachusetts it continues to decline? The answer, Sexanian suggests, has to do with the fact that despite similar histories and technologies, Silicon Valley developed a decentralized but co-operative industrial system while Route 128 came to be dominated by independent, self-sufficient corporations. The result of more than 100 interviews, this analysis highlights the importance of local sources of competitive advantage in a volatile world economy.

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AnnaLee Saxenian is Dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.

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A welcome addition to the growing literature on American high technology, offering fresh insights in a thorough...account of the economic and technological evolution of America's premier high-technology regions. -- Richard Florida Science Regional Advantage is an impressive demonstration of why new technologies and new markets both create and are driven by new business models and corporate structures. -- Michael Stern San Francisco Chronicle Saxenian's findings are important because they highlight the fundamental organizational practices behind California's economic successes in several key sectors, a reality dangerously ignored by many of the state's political and business leaders. -- David Friedman Los Angeles Times The best book I've seen at analyzing the secrets of Silicon Valley's success. And it shows why the valley's future remains bright even though costs are high. -- James J. Mitchell San Jose Mercury News This is scholarship at its best-thoroughly researched, elegantly written, a compelling story that's relevant to business executives and policymakers everywhere. -- John Case Boston Globe 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 industrialinnovation...One 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 years...what 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. -- Kevin Morgan Research Review

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