Regional Advantage

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Harvard University Press, Mar 1, 1996 - Business & Economics - 226 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

LOCAL INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS
1
GENESIS UNIVERSITIES MILITARY SPENDING
11
COMPETITION AND COMMUNITY
29
INDEPENDENCE AND HIERARCHY
59
BETTING ON A PRODUCT
83
RUNNING WITH TECHNOLOGY
105
INSIDE OUT BLURRING FIRMS BOUNDARIES
133
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AnnaLee Saxenian is Dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.

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