The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy

The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy

by AnnaLee Saxenian

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The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy by AnnaLee Saxenian

The New Argonauts tells the story of the Foreign-born, U.S. educated, technically skilled entrepreneurs who return home to start new companies while remaining tied to powerful economic and professional communities in the United States. These technology entrepreneurs-armed with Silicon Valley experience and relationships and the ability to operate in two countries simultaneously-quickly identify market opportunities, locate foreign partners, and manage cross-border business operations. For Americans accustomed to unchallenged economic domination, the fast-growing capabilities of China and India may seem threatening. But as Saxenian convincingly displays in this pathbreaking book, the Argonauts have made America richer, not poorer.

About the Author:
AnnaLee Saxenian is Dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674022010
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Surprising Success     12
Learning the Silicon Valley System     48
Creating Cross-Regional Communities     82
Taiwan as Silicon Sibling     122
Taiwan as Partner and Parent     163
Manufacturing in Mainland China     197
IT Enclaves in India     274
The Argonaut Advantage     325
Immigrant Professional and Networking Associations, Silicon Valley     341
Survey Results: Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley     347
Notes     353
References     381
Abbreviations     408
Acknowledgments     411
Index     413

What People are Saying About This

This book will change the world's perception of the global digital divide. Without denying existing patterns of inequality, it demonstrates the shift from "brain drain" to "brain circulation" in the new international division of labor based on technological innovation. It offers reasonable hope to people and countries around the world of sharing the potential of the information technology revolution rather than reproducing the traditional hierarchies. In this new perspective, Silicon Valley, China, Taiwan, Israel, and India are intertwined in the manufacturing of a new global knowledge economy.

Charles Perrow

Saxenian's thrilling first book, Regional Advantage, described how Silicon Valley became the information technology center of the universe. The New Argonauts shows how engineers who came to Silicon Valley from China, India, Taiwan, and Israel are creating entrepreneurial networks and seeding those countries, transforming what was once a brain drain into brain circulation, and allowing Silicon Valley to deepen its managerial, technical and professional know-how. The New Argonauts is a winner.
Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Yale University

Manuel Castells Olivan

This book will change the world's perception of the global digital divide. Without denying existing patterns of inequality, it demonstrates the shift from "brain drain" to "brain circulation" in the new international division of labor based on technological innovation. It offers reasonable hope to people and countries around the world of sharing the potential of the information technology revolution rather than reproducing the traditional hierarchies. In this new perspective, Silicon Valley, China, Taiwan, Israel, and India are intertwined in the manufacturing of a new global knowledge economy.
Manuel Castells Olivan, Open University of Catalonia

Jeffrey D. Sachs

AnnaLee Saxenian has long been the leading observer of Silicon Valley's "entrepreneurial ecosystem." She now follows her classic studies of Silicon Valley with this remarkable volume in which she employs her unique blend of economic, sociological, and business expertise to bring to life the New Argonauts--world-class engineers and entrepreneurs from newly emerging economies who are creating new centers of high-tech excellence around the globe, while also transforming Silicon Valley. This book is essential reading for all who want to understand how the global technology economy operates in the 21st century.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University

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