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Unity and Diversity in High-tech Growth and Renewal: Learning from Boston and Silicon Valley

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Henry Etzkowitz, Dr James Dzisah


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A new model of knowledge-based regional economic development was invented in Boston during the 1930s and subsequently transferred to northern California where it also had independent roots. Drawing upon academic, business and government resources and configuring them in new formats created new firms and new industries. Nevertheless, the two regions often appear dissimilar when they are contrasted synchronically, due to the different stages they may be in at the time. Thus, some observers argue that Boston and Silicon Valley are distinctive watersheds, irrelevant to follow-on regions. However, if the development process of these two prototypical high-tech regions are analysed diachronically, a trajectory with similar phases of development may be identified. We suggest that these two regions exemplify a general model for high-tech regional growth and renewal.

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Author(s): Etzkowitz H, Dzisah J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Planning Studies

Year: 2008

Volume: 16

Issue: 8

Pages: 1009-1024

Print publication date: 01/01/2008

ISSN (print): 0965-4313

ISSN (electronic): 1469-5944

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/09654310802315385


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