Coevolution and Coordination: A Systemic Analysis of the Taiwanese Information Technology Industry

Posted: 7 Jul 2008

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Chuan-Kai Lee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

AnnaLee Saxenian

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Date Written: March 2008

Abstract

The evolutionary turn in economic geography has led to increasing emphasis on coevolution among technologies, organizations and territories. The weakness of this approach, however, is a focus on broad coevolutionary pictures that pays little attention to coordination processes that guide interdependent actions on the ground. Using the Taiwanese information technology industry as an example, this article suggests an industrial system analysis that gives a structural coherence to a series of intentional, collective actions. Such a systemic measure has the potential to extend the evolutionary analysis beyond broad coevolutions to the strategic transformations of industrial organizations.

Keywords: evolutionary economic geography, coevolution, industrial system analysis, information technology industry

JEL Classification: B52, R11, O18, L63

Suggested Citation

Lee, Chuan-Kai and Saxenian, AnnaLee, Coevolution and Coordination: A Systemic Analysis of the Taiwanese Information Technology Industry (March 2008). Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 157-180, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1155906 or http://dx.doi.org/lbm049

Chuan-Kai Lee (Contact Author)

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AnnaLee Saxenian

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
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