Sources of Industrial Leadership

Sources of Industrial Leadership : Studies of Seven Industries

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This book describes and analyzes how seven major high-tech industries evolved in the USA, Japan, and Western Europe. The industries covered are machine tools, organic chemical products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, computers, semiconductors, and software. In each of these industries, firms located in one or a very few countries became the clear technological and commercial leaders. In a number of cases, the locus of leadership changed, sometimes more than once, over the course of the histories studied. The focus of the book is on the key factors that supported the emergence of national leadership in each industry, and the reasons behind the shifts when they occurred. Special attention is given to the national policies which helped to create, or sustain, industrial more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 b/w illus. 37 tables
  • 1139175122
  • 9781139175128

Review quote

"The reader will come away from this volume with a strong appreciation for the complexities inherent in the growth and development of industries." Choice "The individual case studies are all good short accounts of industrial change that can be recommended to economic historians and their students. In most cases, the provision of extensive references will also help those who want to research more extensively. The book also offers inspiration for further research." EH.NET, Paul L. Robertson, University of Wollongongshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction David C. Mowery and Richard R. Nelson; 2. Semiconductors Richard N. Langlois and W. Edward Steinmueller; 3. Computers Timothy F. Bresnahan and Franco Malerba; 4. Computer software David C. Mowery; 5. Machine tools Roberto Mazzoleni; 6. Chemicals Ashish Arora, Ralph Landau and Nathan Rosenberg; 7. Pharmaceuticals Rebecca Henderson, Luigi Orsenigo and Gary Pisano; 8. Medical devices Annetine Gelijns and Nathan Rosenberg; 9. Conclusion David C. Mowery and Richard R. more