The Making of American Industrial Research: Science and Business at GE and Bell, 1876-1926 / Edition 1by Leonard S. Reich
Pub. Date: 08/22/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book tells the story of how and why industrial research was established in America by two large and innovative corporations: General Electric, formed in a merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston in 1892, and the dominant force in the American electrical industry ever since; and American Telephone and Telegraph, the commercial outgrowth of… See more details below
This book tells the story of how and why industrial research was established in America by two large and innovative corporations: General Electric, formed in a merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston in 1892, and the dominant force in the American electrical industry ever since; and American Telephone and Telegraph, the commercial outgrowth of Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone. Important lessons can be drawn from the early efforts of these two corporations. Through industrial research - and particularly through the development of patented products and processes - large companies could begin to exert a new degree of market control by strongly influencing the rate and direction of technological change. The development of industrial research also had a profound impact on science and technology in America. It affected the content and methods of both by providing new opportunities, incentives, and constraints to the growing community of students and engineers.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Studies in Economic History and Policy: USA in the Twentieth Century Series
- Edition description:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Editors' preface; Preface; 1. Introduction: the importance of industrial research; 2. Building the foundations of industrial research: American science, technology, and industry in the 19th century; 3. The establishment and early growth of General Electric; 4. Origins and early history of the General Electric Research Laboratory; 5. General Electric: the research process; 6. The establishment and early growth of Bell Telephone; 7. AT&T: the establishment of industrial research; 8. AT&T: the research process; 9. Research, patents, and the struggle to control radio; 10. Conclusion: the impact of industrial research; Notes; Index.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >