Building High-Tech Clusters: Silicon Valley and Beyond

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The contributions to this study of the origins of centers of industrial and technological innovation (such as Silicon Valley) reveal that these concentrated "clusters" of entrepreneurial high tech firms are characterized by rapid economic growth. No other analysts have examined how such clusters start, although many earlier works have studied Silicon Valley. The study's contributors conclude that the key public and business policy elements of starting a cluster are common to many regions, countries, and time ...

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Overview

The contributions to this study of the origins of centers of industrial and technological innovation (such as Silicon Valley) reveal that these concentrated "clusters" of entrepreneurial high tech firms are characterized by rapid economic growth. No other analysts have examined how such clusters start, although many earlier works have studied Silicon Valley. The study's contributors conclude that the key public and business policy elements of starting a cluster are common to many regions, countries, and time periods.

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Review of the hardback: 'By covering a wide range of cases around the world they can make meaningful comparisons and contrasts … a collection of essays with a clear purpose and in a coherent manner … is certainly a book worth reading and recommending.' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521143486
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Learning the Silicon Valley way 7
3 Israel's Silicon Wadi : the forces behind cluster formation 40
4 In the footsteps of Silicon Valley? Indian and Irish software in the international division of labor 78
5 Agglomeration and growth : a study of the cambridge high-tech cluster 121
6 Clusters, competition, and "global players" in ICT markets : the case of Scandinavia 160
7 Taiwan's Hsinchu region : imitator and partner for Silicon Valley 190
8 The role of government in regional technology development : the effects of public venture capital and science parks 229
9 Imitating Silicon Valley : regional comparisons of innovation activity based on venture capital flows 280
10 Old-economy inputs for new-economy outcomes : what have we learned? 331
Index 359
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