Regional Advantage

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Harvard University Press, 1996 - Business & Economics - 226 pages
Why is it that in the ’90s, business in California’s Silicon Valley flourished, while along Route 128 in Massachusetts it declined? The answer, Annalee 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.
 

Contents

LOCAL INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS
1
AND ENTREPRENEURS
11
COMPETITION AND COMMUNITY
29
INDEPENDENCE AND HIERARCHY
59
BETTING ON A PRODUCT
83
RUNNING WITH TECHNOLOGY
105
BLURRING FIRMS BOUNDARIES
133
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