Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric

Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric

by W. Bernard Carlson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521533120

ISBN-13: 9780521533126

Pub. Date: 02/13/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Elihu Thomson was a major American inventor of electric light and power systems. A contemporary of Thomas Edison, Thomson performed the engineering and design work necessary to make electric lighting a common product. From the 1880s to the 1930s, Thomson was employed by the General Electric Company and its predecessors. Working within the corporation, Thomson…  See more details below

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Elihu Thomson was a major American inventor of electric light and power systems. A contemporary of Thomas Edison, Thomson performed the engineering and design work necessary to make electric lighting a common product. From the 1880s to the 1930s, Thomson was employed by the General Electric Company and its predecessors. Working within the corporation, Thomson reveals how successful inventions are based on explicit links among technological artifacts, marketing strategy, and the business organization needed for manufacturing and marketing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521533126
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Series:
Studies in Economic History and Policy: USA in the Twentieth Century Series
Pages:
377
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables; Editors' preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations used in footnotes; Introduction; 1. The cultivation of a scientific man; 2. Learning the craft of invention; 3. The Philadelphia partnership, 1879–80; 4. Frustration in New Britain, 1880–3; 5. Success in Lynn: the Thomson-Houston electric company, 1883–92; 6. Maintaining the organization: product development at General Electric, 1892–1900; Epilogue and conclusion; Index.

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