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The Geography of Systems Integration

Michael H. Best

in The Business of Systems Integration

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199263226
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191718830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263221.003.0011
The Geography of Systems Integration

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A new model of technology management and regional innovation based on the principle of systems integration is presented. The principle of systems integration is manifested in the organisational 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 decentralised within the enterprise and diffused amongst networked enterprises. The combination of entrepreneurial firms and inter‐firm networks is shown to foster 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: Boston Route 128; cluster dynamics; regional innovation; Silicon Valley; systems integration

Chapter.  10944 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Systems

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