Sources of Industrial Leadership: Studies of Seven Industries / Edition 1

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Overview

This book describes and analyzes how seven major high-tech industries evolved in the United States, Japan, and Western Europe. The industries covered are machine tools, organic chemical products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, computers, semiconductors, and software. In each of these industries, firms located in one country or a very few countries became the clear technological and commercial leaders. In a number of cases, the locus of leadership changed, sometimes more than once, over the course of the histories studied. The emphasis of the book is on the key factors that supported the emergence of national leadership in each industry, and the reasons behind the shifts when they occurred. Special attention is given to the national policies that helped to create, or sustain, industrial leadership.
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"The reader will come away from this volume with a strong appreciation for the complexities inherent in the growth and development of industries." Choice

"The individual case studies are all good short accounts of industrial change that can be recommended to economic historians and their students. In most cases, the provision of extensive references will also help those who want to research more extensively. The book also offers inspiration for further research." EH.NET, Paul L. Robertson, University of Wollongong

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521645201
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 409
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 The Evolution of Competitive Advantage in the Worldwide Semiconductor Industry, 1947-1996 19
3 Industrial Dynamics and the Evolution of Firms' and Nations' Competitive Capabilities in the World Computer Industry 79
4 The Computer Software Industry 133
5 Innovation in the Machine Tool Industry: A Historical Perspective on the Dynamics of Comparative Advantage 169
6 Dynamics of Comparative Advantage in the Chemical Industry 217
7 The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Revolution in Molecular Biology: Interactions Among Scientific, Institutional, and Organizational Change 267
8 Diagnostic Devices: An Analysis of Comparative Advantages 312
9 Explaining Industrial Leadership 359
Index 383
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