Summary of Sources of Industrial Leadership

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Sources of Industrial Leadership book summary
It may not be sexy, but it’s solid: the editors offer examinations of seven industries born in the U.S.A., Japan, and Western Europe, and all affected by technological innovation. Find out which industrial babies boomed and who won the battles to dominate the global playground.


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Scholars from around the world provided seven chapter-length overviews of leadership in seven key industries. Editors David C. Mowery and Richard R. Nelson present these detailed, well-documented and richly written explorations in context by offering an analysis in chapters that follow each industry study. The forces that moved these industries in the U.S., Japan and Western Europe included technological innovation, world politics, changing marketing, product innovation and the advent of mass production. getAbstract recommends this book to those interested in the progress of the seven industries covered - computers, computer software, semiconductors, machine tools, organic chemical products, pharmaceutical biotechnology and medical devices - and in global commerce and manufacturing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the U.S. is the world leader in the computer industry;
  • How Japan became a major player on the global economic stage; and
  • Why technological advancement determines the direction in which major industries move.


Industrial Leadership (More than Nuts and Bolts)
Technological innovation has played, and continues to play, an important role in the evolution of industry worldwide. To examine this impact, seven industries were highlighted: semiconductors, computers, computer software, machine tools, ...
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About the Authors

David C. Mowery is the Milton W. Terrill Professor of Business Administration at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He is co-author with Nathan Rosenberg of Paths of Innovation: Technological Change in 20th-Century America and Technology and the Pursuit of Economic Growth, and editor of The International Computer Software Industry Richard R. Nelson is the George Blumenthal Professor of International and Public Affairs, Business, and Law at Columbia University. He has also taught at Oberlin College, Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University, and served as a researcher at RAND and the Council of Economic Advisers. His previous books include An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change with Sidney Winter, and National Innovation Systems

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