Review of the hardback: 'By covering a wide range of cases around the world they can make meaningful comparisons and contrasts ... a collection of essays with a clear purpose and in a coherent manner ... is certainly a book worth reading and recommending.' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy
The contributors study how centers of industrial and technological innovation such as Silicon Valley get started. These "clusters" have many entrepreneurial high tech firms in a small area which give rise to rapid economic growth. No other analysts have studied systematically how such clusters start, though many earlier works have studied Silicon Valley in its mature phase. The contributors show that the key public and business policy elements of starting up a cluster are common across many regions, countries, and time periods.