Draft, please do not quote! This paper summarizes the findings of a research project carried out during the academic year 1996/97 in Silicon Valley, California. It is based on extensive studies of academic and non-academic literature in the field of industry organization, technology development, labor relations, and immigration. Empirical research comprised about 60 interviews and discussions with industry managers, labor specialists, community organizations, and production workers in the region, including a number of plant visits. Field work was carried out under a visiting schola
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