Learning by Doing in Markets, Firms, and Countries

Learning by Doing in Markets, Firms, and Countries

by Naomi R. Lamoreaux
     
 

Learning by Doing in Markets, Firms, and Countries draws out the underlying economics in business history by focusing on learning processes and the development of competitively valuable asymmetries. The essays show that organizations, like people, learn that this process can be organized more or less effectively, which can have major implications for howSee more details below

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Learning by Doing in Markets, Firms, and Countries draws out the underlying economics in business history by focusing on learning processes and the development of competitively valuable asymmetries. The essays show that organizations, like people, learn that this process can be organized more or less effectively, which can have major implications for how competition works.

The first three essays in this volume explore techniques firms have used to both manage information to create valuable asymmetries and to otherwise suppress unwelcome competition. The next three focus on the ways in which firms have built special capabilities over time, capabilities that have been both sources of competitive advantage and resistance to new opportunities. The last two extend the notion of learning from the level of firms to that of nations. The collection as a whole builds on the previous two volumes to make the connection between information structure and product market outcomes in business history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226468327
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report Series
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Inventors, Firms, and the Market for Technology in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries19
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2Patents, Engineering Professionals, and the Pipelines of Innovation: The Internalization of Technical Discovery by Nineteenth-Century American Railroads61
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3The Sugar Institute Learns to Organize Information Exchange103
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4Learning by New Experiences: Revisiting the Flying Fortress Learning Curve145
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5Assets, Organizations, Strategies, and Traditions: Organizational Capabilities and Constraints in the Remaking of Ford Motor Company, 1946-1962185
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6Sears, Roebuck in the Twentieth Century: Competition, Complementarities, and the Problem of Wasting Assets219
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7Marshall's "Trees" and the Global "Forest": Were "Giant Redwoods" Different?253
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8Can a Nation Learn? American Technology as a Network Phenomenon295
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Contributors333
Name Index335
Subject Index341

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