Learning and Technological Change

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In this book, fifteen prominent scholars of the economy, business, and technology argue that technical change can fruitfully be interpreted as an institutionally structured learning process. These essays show that the analysis of knowledge-generating institutions - including firms, industries, patenting systems, and occupations - provides important insights into the pace, direction, and persistence of technological change. The authors use these insights to both reshape economic theory and reinterpret the economic...
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Overview

In this book, fifteen prominent scholars of the economy, business, and technology argue that technical change can fruitfully be interpreted as an institutionally structured learning process. These essays show that the analysis of knowledge-generating institutions - including firms, industries, patenting systems, and occupations - provides important insights into the pace, direction, and persistence of technological change. The authors use these insights to both reshape economic theory and reinterpret the economic development of Britain, the USA, Germany and Japan.
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Argues that technological change can be fruitfully interpreted as an institutionally structured learning experience. Revised from presentations at a November 1989 conference at the New School for Social Research, the 15 papers draw on economic principles and the history of business and technology to analyze how firms, industries, occupations, governments, and other entities generate and propagate knowledge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333556832
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 350

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Technical Change as Cultural Evolution 9
3 Learning and Technological Change: The Perspective from Business History 24
4 Nineteenth-Century American Patent Management as an Invisible College of Technology 40
5 Thinking about Technological Change: Linear and Evolutionary Models 65
6 Economic Forms of Technological Change 80
7 A Model of the Productivity Gap: Convergence or Divergence? 100
8 Innovative Learning and Institutions in the Process of Development: on the Microfoundation of Growth Regimes 117
9 The Dynamics of Innovation and Diffusion with Competing Techniques 150
10 Learning and the Dynamics of International Competitive Advantage 172
11 History and its Lessons 201
12 Transformational Growth and Learning: Developing Craft Technology into Scientific Mass Production 217
13 Borrowing Technology or Innovating: An Exploration of Two Paths to Industrial Development 243
14 Epilogue: Institutions, Learning and Technological Change 267
Index 281
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