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Exploring the Black Box : Technology, Economics, and History - Nathan Rosenberg

Exploring the Black Box

Technology, Economics, and History

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2009
ISBN: 9780521452700
Number Of Pages: 288

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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 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.

Industry Reviews

'If you read nothing else on technological innovation, you will not go wrong by reading Rosenberg. One of the great virtues of his work is that it is easily accessible to the general reader.' Nature

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
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ISBN: 9780521452700
ISBN-10: 0521452708
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th November 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.59