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This paper sheds light on the role of the regional innovation system facilitating the transition from competing on low cost activities/services towards competing in innovation, using Bangalore software industry as an example. Recent research has documented that Bangalore has become one of the most important IT clusters outside the US. According to this stream of literature a combination of easy access to qualified and relatively cheap technical human capital has attracted a number of TransNational Corporations (TNCs) during the nineties (e.g. IBM, Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, 3M, Texas). The TNCs have stimulated a tremendous development of the IT software industry either through outsourcing of routine activities or though establishing offshore subsidiaries.
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