Global Technological Change: From Hard Technology to Soft Technology

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Originally published in 2002 in Chinese, this work introduces the idea of soft technology, defined as "knowledge derived from the social sciences, non-natural sciences and non-scientific (traditional) knowledge to solve various practical problems." Jin (director, Center for Technology Innovation and Strategy Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) elaborates on the concept and explores how it can be harnessed in service of social and economic development, particularly in the case of China. She explores how incorporating the concept of soft technology can be used in the training and education of workers, industrial development plans, and the creation of national competitiveness. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841501246
  • Publisher: Intellect (UK)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition 3
Ch. 1 The evolution of technology 15
Ch. 2 Historical antecedents of soft technology 51
Ch. 3 The characteristics and classifications of soft technology 113
Ch. 4 Soft technology and innovation 139
Ch. 5 Soft-tech industries 189
Ch. 6 What is technological competitiveness? 229
Ch. 7 Soft-tech talents and the education revolution 257
Ch. 8 Soft technology and the fourth generation of technology foresight 263
Postscript : the principles for development in the twenty-first century - harmony, balance, and equality 281
App Organizational innovation and virtual research institutes 285
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