Knowledge Diffusion In The U.S. Aerospace Industry

Knowledge Diffusion In The U.S. Aerospace Industry

by Thomas E. Pinelli, Rebecca O. Barclay, John M. Kennedy, Ann P. Bishop
     
 

How does the aerospace community—particularly the large commercial aircraft (LCA) sector—effectively spur economic competitiveness on a global scale? Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the authors identify knowledge as an essential element in innovation and technological progress, and attempt to explain how the industry's disproportionately large

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How does the aerospace community—particularly the large commercial aircraft (LCA) sector—effectively spur economic competitiveness on a global scale? Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the authors identify knowledge as an essential element in innovation and technological progress, and attempt to explain how the industry's disproportionately large population of highly skilled and highly paid workers, engineers, and scientists impact the global economy. Based on the results of more than a decade of work under the NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project, the book contemplates how individuals and companies recognize, process, and exploit knowledge. The authors evaluate LCA sectors in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan; explore how knowledge diffusion and public policy shape research, development, and production; and summarize how the race for new technology sparks economic competition in this scholarly volume geared for students, scientists and researchers, and practitioners shaping public policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567502268
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/27/1998
Series:
Information Management, Policy and Service Series
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1The Evolution of Large Commercial Aircraft in the U.S. - An Overview1
2The Influence of U.S. Public Policy on Large Commercial Aircraft - Innovation, Transportation, and Knowledge Diffusion35
3U.S. Public Policy and the Production of Federally Funded Aeronautical Research and Technology85
4U.S. Public Policy and the Dissemination of Federally Funded Aeronautical Research and Technology133
5Distinguishing Engineers from Scientists - The Case for an Engineering Knowledge Community177
6The NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project - Overview, Study Populations, and Research Agenda215
7The Production and Use of Information by U.S. Aerospace Engineers and Scientists - From Research through Production to Technical Services263
8The Relationship between Technical Uncertainty and Information Use by Industry-Affiliated U.S. Aerospace Engineers and Scientists325
9The Differential Effects of Workplace Experience on Information Production and Use - A Comparison of New and Established U.S. Aerospace Engineers and Scientists379
10The Production and Use of Information by U.S. Aerospace Engineering and Science Students at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels425
11The Production and Use of Information among Aerospace Engineering Professionals and Students - A Cross-National Analysis467
12The Effects of Years of Academic Work Experience on the Production and Use of Information by U.S. Aerospace Engineering Faculty523
13The Influence of Analyzability, Equivocality, Uncertainty, and Variety on Communication in Small, Medium, and Large U.S. Aerospace Organizations561
14Computer Networks and Communications in the U.S. Aerospace Workplace611
15Information Intermediaries and Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion - The Role of U.S. Academic and Industry Libraries and Librarians653
16The Role of the U.S. Government Technical Report in Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion707
17European Approaches to Knowledge Diffusion - Public Policies Affecting Large Commercial Aircraft Research, Development, and Production761
18Japanese Technological Innovation - Implications for Large Commercial Aircraft and Knowledge Diffusion829
19Diffusing Federally Funded Aeronautical Research and Technology - Toward a Knowledge Management Structure891
Contributors949
Author Index959
Subject Index993

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