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Innovation as a Social Process : Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric - W. Bernard Carlson

Innovation as a Social Process

Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric

Hardcover Published: 25th October 1991
ISBN: 9780521393171
Number Of Pages: 400

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Elihu Thomson was a major American inventor of electric light and power systems. A contemporary of Thomas Edison, Thomson performed the engineering and design work necessary to make electric lighting a common product. From the 1880s to the 1930s, Thomson was employed by the General Electric Company and its predecessors. Working within the corporation, Thomson reveals how successful inventions are based on explicit links among technological artifacts, marketing strategy, and the business organization needed for manufacturing and marketing.

'At a time when the country is searching for clues to understanding invention and innovation, Bernard Carlson's detailed and thoughtful study of Elihu Thomson provides information and insights of immense value. He moves the art of writing the biography of inventors a quantum leap beyond sentimental heroic-inventor stories and the dry skepticism of macro-economic monographs.' Thomas P. Hughes, Mellon Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Editors+ preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations used in footnotes
Introduction
The cultivation of a scientific man
Learning the craft of invention
The Philadelphia partnership, 1879-1880
Frustration in New Britain, 1880-1883
Success in Lynn: the Thomson-Houston electric company, 1883-1892
Maintaining the organization: product development at general electric, 1892-1900
Epilogue and conclusion
Index
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ISBN: 9780521393171
ISBN-10: 0521393175
Series: Studies in Economic History and Policy: USA in the Twentieth Century
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 25th October 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.76