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The Business of Systems Integration$
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Andrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, and Michael Hobday

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.001.0001

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The Geography of Systems Integration

The Geography of Systems Integration

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(p.201) 11 The Geography of Systems Integration
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The Business of Systems Integration
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Michael H. Best (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.003.0011

This chapter presents a new model of technology management and regional innovation based on the principle of systems integration. The principle of systems integration is manifested in the organizational capability of firms — individually and networked — to foster rapid technological change. The effect is a network or cluster of entrepreneurial firms in which design is decentralized within the enterprise and diffused amongst networked enterprises. The combination of entrepreneurial firms and inter-firm networks fosters a range of dynamic cluster processes that, in turn, underlie the growth of Silicon Valley and the unexpected resurgence of Boston's Route 128.

Keywords:   regional innovation, cluster dynamics, Silicon Valley, Boston's Route 128

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