The Silicon Valley Project at Stanford Graduate School of Business focuses on the dynamics, transformation and sustainability of Silicon Valley. From semiconductors to social media, Silicon Valley has evolved through many changes in core technologies, industry structure, leading companies, modes of finance, business models, and global relationships. And not just in informational technologies but also in biotech and more recently green tech. The Valley has persisted (and some would argue increased) in its ability to create and re-create its leading edge. Yet, serious challenges now plague the Valley, such as dysfunctional California politics and rapidly rising regions around the globe that are vying for talent and capital. What are the features that enable Silicon Valley to be a world center for creating growth and value over time?
The purpose of the Silicon Valley Project is to conduct research and to convene leading experts to advance the understanding and practice of how Silicon Valley and successful high tech regions form, evolve and advance over time in the rapidly changing global economy.
FOCUS FOR 2013-14: INNOVATION HUBS
Focus for 2012-13: INNOVATION TALENT
The core engine of the Valley—and any leading innovation center around the world—is talent. Talent profiles of leading regions are marked by the following attributes:
Signs point to changes among these essential drivers of the talent engine in Silicon Valley. The focus for the first phase of the project will be on threats and opportunities for Silicon Valley to attract, develop, enable, and combine the best innovative and entrepreneurial talent from around the world.
Activities and Outcomes
The Silicon Valley Project and its affiliates will conduct interdisciplinary and international research, including collection and analysis of new data, interviews, and case studies. Mobilizing existing and new collaborations with leading faculty across Stanford and other universities, policymakers, business executives and thought leaders, the project will organize a series of seminars and symposia at Stanford University. Roundtables will convene experts in relevant areas such as innovation, venture capital, entrepreneurship, university-industry collaboration, political economy, etc.
This project will lead to refinement of an analytical framework, new data collection and analysis, creation of case studies, and publication of a series of White Papers as well as a new book. Meetings will also facilitate peer-to-peer sharing of best practices. Through publications, workshops, and forums, project findings, implications and recommendations will be shared with leaders from government, business, and academia not only in the Valley but also across the US, Europe, and Asia.
About SPRIE and its Leadership
The directors and academic leaders of the project will be William F. Miller and Henry S. Rowen and Associate Director Marguerite Gong Hancock. Drawing on years of combined experience both as academics and leaders in the public and private sectors, this trio of directors serve as educators at Stanford for international policy and business leaders as well as advisors to government leaders on both regional and national levels in the US, Europe, and Asia.
For more than a decade, the Silicon Valley Project has been dedicated to the advancement of the understanding and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and leading high tech regions, especially in Asia. SPRIE books include The Silicon Valley Edge (Stanford University Press, 2000), Making IT: The Rise of Asia in High Tech (2006) and Greater China’s Quest for Innovation (2008). Publications have affected people in many countries through editions published in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Through international and interdisciplinary research, publications, executive education, and conferences, the Silicon Valley Project impacts the arenas of academia, policy, and business.