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Regional Advantage

Regional Advantage

Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128, With a New Preface by the Author

AnnaLee Saxenian

ISBN 9780674753402

Publication date: 03/01/1996

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.


  • 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


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

Book Details

  • 240 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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