THE ADVENT OF THE “SILICON VALLEY ECOSYSTEM”: “THE NEW ARGONAUTS” BOOK HARVARD UNIVERSITY 2006

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The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy

AnnaLee Saxenian (Author)

“advent of the Silicon Valley ecosystem…”

Editorial Reviews

Argonauts, Saxenian’s mythic term for global commuters employed in the high tech sector, are not the ominous invaders American economic isolationists fear-stealing jobs and ideas from Americans and spiriting them abroad. Rather, Saxenian argues, such global entrepreneurs have created domestic and foreign jobs and reduced the cost of technology for businesses and consumers. Saxenian is at her best when describing the relatively short history of the international entrepreneur-commuter: the Argonauts, though equipped with Ph.D.s from American universities, hit ethnicity-based glass ceilings in the States and chose entrepreneurship over floundering in middle-management. Bright, young, foreign-born entrepreneurs formed technology companies (with the help of western venture capital and management theory) in their home countries and succeeded where traditional development initiatives failed. However, when Saxenian projects the implications of Argonaut activity or their future, she sounds prematurely optimistic; some readers may have a hard time envisioning, as Saxenian does, widespread future interglobal cooperation aimed at solving humanity’s problems.

Review

Remarkable…There is probably no more experienced and astute chronicler of the advent of the Silicon Valley ecosystem than AnnaLee Saxenian… This will be a much discussed and cited book, and deservedly so. It has focused our attention on a potentially decisive phenomenon for 21st century economic development.
–Michael Storper (
Journal of Economic Geography )

Product Details:

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press annotated edition
  • April 30 2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674022017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674022010

The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy

AnnaLee Saxenian (Author)

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