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Technological Change and Organization

Edited by Ken Green, Rod Coombs
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 29th Jul 1998
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm d 20mm
Weight: 608g
ISBN-10: 1858985897
ISBN-13: 9781858985893
Barcode No: 9781858985893
This book investigates the effects of organizational contexts on the process of technological innovation. It analyses the internal organization of the firm as well as external influences, and examines how these factors affect a firm's innovative potential. The organization of the firm, it is argued, is intrinsic to the innovation process itself. The authors consider new concepts of the theory of the firm, look at evolutionary economics and concepts of innovation within this school of thought, and analyse national and sectoral systems of innovation. They discuss firm-specific knowledge and organization, and its effects on innovative opportunities. In addition, they pay special attention to a firm's ability to innovate in relation to incentives, and the sources of technology available to them. From this they conclude that organizational factors are primary features of the process of technical change. Included in the discussion are examinations of: * networks of collaborating firms in R&D activity * 'technology foresight' and the direction of future innovative activity in industrial sectors * the relationship between business units and corporate parents * government and regulatory agencies * the role of capital, and short termism in financial markets * the relationship between suppliers and customers Technological Change and Organization will be of welcomed by those interested in technological change and innovation, institutional and evolutionary economics, as well as to microeconomists interested in the theory of the firm and industrial organization.

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`This book has very nicely highlighted how the internal organization of a firm and its external influence are intrinsic to the innovative potential of the firms. The book, because of certain new insights on this important issue of innovative capabilities would be very useful to policy makers, industry, and researchers in the area of innovation and technological change.' -- N. Mrinalini, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research