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Innovation in real places : strategies for prosperity in an unforgiving world / Dan Breznitz.

Breznitz, Dan, (author.).


Provided by the publisher: Across the world, cities and regions have wasted trillions of dollars on blindly copying the Silicon Valley model of growth creation. We have lived with this system for decades, and the result is clear: a small number of regions and cities at the top of the high-tech industry but many more fighting a losing battle to retain economic dynamism. But, as this books details, there are other models for innovation-based growth that don't rely on a flourishing high-tech industry. It argues that the purveyors of the dominant ideas on innovation have a feeble understanding of the big picture on global production and innovation. They conflate innovation with invention and suffer from techno-fetishism. In their devotion to start-ups, they refuse to admit that the real obstacle to growth for most cities is the overwhelming power of the real hubs, which siphon up vast amounts of talent and money. Communities waste time, money, and energy pursuing this road to nowhere. Instead Breznitz proposes that communities focus on where they fit within the four stages in the global production process. Success lies in understanding the changed structure of the global system of production and then using those insights to enable communities to recognize their own advantages, which in turn allows to them to foster surprising forms of specialized innovation. All localities have certain advantages relative to at least one stage of the global production process, and the trick is in recognizing it.

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  • ISBN: 9780197508114
  • ISBN: 0197508111
  • Physical Description: xvi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-250) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The new globalization of innovation -- The Silicon peaches -- Start-ups are everywhere! (but the growth statistics) -- Making America great again? -- Four are better than one--but first, let us plan it strategically -- Singing and designing--incrementally--innovation-based growth -- Out with the old, in with the new! But in what ways? -- Looking for better options : the science of innovation policies and agencies in a globally fragmented world -- Our anti-intellectual property rights system -- The road to hell is paved with good intentions : the age of financialization -- Data : why mining us is the new boom and for whom -- Conclusion: In defense of experiments, mistakes, and the right to choose.
Subject: Technological innovations > Economic aspects.
Technological innovations > Government policy.
Industrial capacity > Economic aspects.
Industrial policy.
Community development.
Economic development.

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