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Innovation and Productivity Under Nationalisation

The First Thirty Years, 1st Edition

By Chris Harlow


260 pages

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Originally published in 1977, this book examines the choice of new production techniques available to the publicly owned industries during their first thirty years and the effectiveness with which these techniques were put to use. In the heat of political debate over nationalisation the basic economic issues involved are frequently obscured: this volume shows how the opportunity to gain advantages of scale offered by nationalisation and the new techniques which scale made possible were pursued by the public corporations through policies of innovation and the diffusion of technical advances.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Aircraft Innovation and its Effect on Productivity in BEA 3. Power Station Performance: Policies for Development 1945-75 4. The Choice of Automatic Telephone Switching Techniques 5. Process Innovation and Growth in the Gas Industry 6. Mechanised Mining and the Growth of Labour Productivity 7. Productivity and Technical Change 8. Conclusions

About the Author

Chris Harlow

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Economics and Business of Technology

Originally published between 1967 and 1999 the 50 volumes in this set examine the impact of technology on economics and international business. The volumes:

  • Present a synthesis of business functions and economic analysis and ask what the implications for skills development are and the effect of public policy
  • Report on global companies' experience with computers in company training in such areas as banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, IT, the retail industry, transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • Look at the way in which some businesses in high technology manufacturing industry have organised their structures and processes in order to manage product innovation effectively.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory