BOOK REVIEW 84(1):105â108. Â© 2008 Clark University.âwww.economicgeography.org BOOK REVIEW and hype-free analysis of each countryâs institutional, infrastructural, and macroeconomic limits. This book also helps us transcend the simple idea of âglobal knowledge flowsâ by showing that the successful development of new, knowledge-based agglomerations of economic activity abroad depends on the transfer of both know-how and institutionsâ the softer, less visible, but critically important architectureâfrom places like Silicon Valley to countries and regions overseas. Perhaps the most valuable contribution of this book is its documentation of the processes and histories of actual institutional change and construction that were essential precursors to the emergence of new centers of technologybased growth. The key agents and actors in this story are a set of âcross-regional entrepreneursâ and a group of important âservice providersâ (such as venture capitalists and law firms) who bring their know-how and personal networks to bear on the development of these overseas regions. Chapter 4, which presents a case study on Taiwan, effectively uses an evolutionary approach to document the early historical roots of Taiwanâs emergence as a powerhouse in information and communications technology (ICT). Saxenianâs analysis highlights the traditions of entrepreneurialism and the strengths in engineering industries, as
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Published: Jan 1, 2008
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