Exploring the Black Box
Technology, Economics, and History
By (author) Nathan Rosenberg
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Exploring the Black Box by Nathan Rosenberg
Book DescriptionThe process of technological change takes a wide variety of forms. Propositions that may be accurate when referring to the pharmaceutical industry may be totally inappropriate when applied to the aircraft industry or to computers or forest products. The central theme of Nathan Rosenberg's new book is the idea that technological changes are often 'path dependent', in the sense that their form and direction tend to be influenced strongly by the particular sequence of earlier events out of which a new technology has emerged. The book advances the understanding of technological change by explictly recognising its essential diversity and path-dependent nature. Individual chapters explore the particular features of new technologies in different historical and sectoral contexts. This book presents a unique account of how technological change is generated and the processes by which improved technologies are introduced.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521459556
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nathan Rosenberg
Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Hardback (May 2010)
Economists examine the genesis of technological change and the ways we commercialize and diffuse it. This title includes articles that consider the best ways to establish optimal incentives in technological progress. It examines science and innovation at the intersections of the marketplace, policy, and social welfare.
Schumpeter and the Endogeneity of Technology, Paperback (April 2006)
Schumpeter's work developed the notion of the endogeneity of technology, and offered illuminating historical analyses of how and why some social systems have managed to generate innovation. This work explores Schumpeter's central ideas, and examines the ways in which the concept of endogeneity can illuminate American economic history.
Chemicals and Long-term Economic Growth, Paperback (September 2000)
The chemical processing industry is the largest manufacturing industry in the United States and Europe. This book focuses on lessons learned from the development of this industry and how to apply them to promote long-term economic growth.
Paths of Innovation, Paperback (October 1999)» View all books by Nathan Rosenberg
This highly accessible treatment examines the sources, structure, and economic effects of technological innovation in the twentieth-century US economy.
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