The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy

The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy BOOK REVIEW 84(1):105–108. © 2008 Clark University.—www.economicgeography.org BOOK REVIEW and hype-free analysis of each country’s institutional, infrastructural, and macroeconomic limits. This book also helps us transcend the simple idea of “global knowledge flows” by showing that the successful development of new, knowledge-based agglomerations of economic activity abroad depends on the transfer of both know-how and institutions— the softer, less visible, but critically important architecture—from 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 “cross-regional entrepreneurs” and a group of important “service providers” (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 Taiwan’s emergence as a powerhouse in information and communications technology (ICT). Saxenian’s analysis highlights the traditions of entrepreneurialism and the strengths in engineering industries, as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economic Geography Wiley

The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy

Economic Geography, Volume 84 (1) – Jan 1, 2008

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Wiley
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© 2008 Clark University
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0013-0095
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1944-8287
DOI
10.1111/j.1944-8287.2008.tb00393.x
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BOOK REVIEW 84(1):105–108. © 2008 Clark University.—www.economicgeography.org BOOK REVIEW and hype-free analysis of each country’s institutional, infrastructural, and macroeconomic limits. This book also helps us transcend the simple idea of “global knowledge flows” by showing that the successful development of new, knowledge-based agglomerations of economic activity abroad depends on the transfer of both know-how and institutions— the softer, less visible, but critically important architecture—from 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 “cross-regional entrepreneurs” and a group of important “service providers” (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 Taiwan’s emergence as a powerhouse in information and communications technology (ICT). Saxenian’s analysis highlights the traditions of entrepreneurialism and the strengths in engineering industries, as

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