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Technology and Transformation in the American Electric Utility Industry

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ISBN-10: 0521524717

ISBN-13: 9780521524711

Edition: 2002

Authors: Richard F. Hirsh

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This book illuminates the role of technological stagnation in the decline of the American electric utility industry in the late 1960s and 1970s. Unlike other interpreters of the industrys woes, Professor Hirsh argues that a long and successful history of managing a conventional technology set the stage for the industrys deterioration. After improving steadily for decades, the technology that brought unequalled productivity growth to the industry appeared to stall in the late 1960s, making it impossible to mitigate the economic and regulatory assaults of the 1970s. Unfortunately, most managers did not recognize (or did not want to believe) the severity of the technological problems they…    
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgment of financial support
Introduction
Progress and Culture
Managerial and technological foundations
Establishment of a management culture
Manufacturers and technological progress before World War II
Postwar strategies of utilities and manufacturers
Utilities' role in technological progress
The mid-1960s: at the pinnacle of success
Stasis
Technical limits to progress in the 1960s and 1970s
Design deficiencies and faulty technology
Maelstroms and management malaise
Criticisms of utility research and development
The mid-1970s: near the bottom
Accommodating Stasis
Understanding values: the basis for a new consensus
The search for new technology
Conclusion
History and the management of technology
Appendices
Bibliographic note
Notes
Index