Regional Advantage (Paperback)

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

By Annalee Saxenian, American Council of Learned Societies

Harvard University Press, 9780674753402, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1996

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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.