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An Industry in Transition, 1st Edition

By Richard Langlois, Thomas Pugel, Carmela S. Haklisch, Richard R Nelson, William Egelhoff


228 pages

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Originally published in 1988 this book was the culmination of 7 years of research in micro-electronics by the Center for Science and Technology Policy in New York. It includes original comparative study of corporate strategy in American, Japanese, and European firms, as well as an account of the evolution of technical alliances. It provides a detailed examination of the global micro-electronics industry in all its aspects - technological, economic, strategic and institutional and goes beyond organizing and presenting the facts to offer new perspectives, analyses and opinions.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Executive Summary

2. Interdependence: The Technological Dimension

3. The Economic Structure of the Industry

4. International Trade in Semiconductor Products

5. Technical Alliances in the Semiconductor Industry

6. Patterns of Competitive Strategy

7. Government Policies towards the Microeletronics Industry

8. Interdependence and Competition: What Does It All Mean?

About the Authors

Richard Langlois

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