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Exploring the Black Box Technology, Economics, and History

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ISBN-10: 0521459559

ISBN-13: 9780521459556

Edition: 1994

Authors: Nathan Rosenberg

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The 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…    
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/10/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction
Dealing With an Uncertain Future
Path-dependent aspects of technological change
Charles Babbage: pioneer economist
Joseph Schumpeter: radical economist
Technological innovation and long waves
Technology in Context
Economic experiments
Why in America?
Can Americans learn to become better imitators?
Critical issues in science policy research
Sectoral Studies in Technological Change
Energy-efficient technologies: past and future perspectives
Innovation in the chemical processing industries
Telecommunications: complex, uncertain, and path-dependent
Understanding the adoption of new technology in the forest products industry
Scientific instrumentation and university research