Technology and Enterprise in Historical Perspective

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This work scrutinizes the place of technology in economic models of industrial development. Through an interdisciplinary analysis, it presents the major theoretical systems, highlighting various characteristics of technological change. Using six case studies, the models of the first half of the book are tested in an examination of a single industry in Germany, Italy, and the United States; and a study of a single nation.
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Overview


This work scrutinizes the place of technology in economic models of industrial development. Through an interdisciplinary analysis, it presents the major theoretical systems, highlighting various characteristics of technological change. Using six case studies, the models of the first half of the book are tested in an examination of a single industry in Germany, Italy, and the United States; and a study of a single nation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198283270
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction. Theory and History of Technology and Business Firms: The Microeconomics of Industrial Development 1
I Technology and the Firm: Theory and History
1 The Concept of the Industrial Revolution 29
2 Science and Technology in the Twentieth Century 63
3 The Dynamics of Technological Change: Salients, Critical Problems, and Industrial Revolutions 97
4 Business Organization and Competitive Advantage: Capitalist Transformations in the Twentieth Century 119
5 The Roles of Firms in Technical Advance: A Perspective from Evolutionary Theory 164
6 Toward a Theory of Corporate Coherence: Preliminary Remarks 185
7 Some Foundations for a Theory of the Large Innovating Firm 212
II Some Empirical Evidence: Cases from the Chemical Industry
8 Continuity and Change in the Management of Industrial Research: The Du Pont Company, 1902-1980 229
9 R. & D. Imitation, and Innovation at Montecatini 261
III National Evidence on Technological Accumulation and Organizational Change: The Case of Italy
10 Technical Change, Microeconomic Evolution, and Growth: An Introductory View of Italian Industrial Development 291
11 R. & D. Growth in Italian Industry in an International Perspective 314
12 International Technology Transfer: An Overview with Special Reference to Italian Firms 351
Index 403
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