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New Technologies and the Firm

Innovation and Competition, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Swann


398 pages

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Originally published in 1993 this book presents the findings of 14 teams involved in a research initiative to examine the initiation and resonse to innovation in firms. It draws together the many strands which were discovered to influence the successful generation and adoption of new technologies. The core issues in technology management are looked at, including skills and expertise, markets and marketing, finance and the issue of technology collaboration both on a domestic and international basis. Technology is shown to be at the very heart of corporate strategy and policy formation.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The 'Core' - Management of New Technology 1. Managing Technological Innovation: Architecture Trust and Organizational Relationships in the Firm John Kay and Paul Willman

2. Managing Technology: Organizing for Competitive Advantage Peter Grindley

3. The Performance of Innovative Small Firms: A Regional Issue Ian J. Smith, Bruce Tether, Alfred Thwaites, Joe Townsend and Pooran Wynarczyk 4. Paradigms, Strategies and the Evolutionary Basis of Technological Competition J. Stanley Metcalfe and Mark Boden

5. Supplier-user Relationships and the Management of Expertise in Computer Systems Development Janette Webb and David Cleary Part 2: Skills and Expertise in the Workforce

6. New Technologies, Skills Shortages and Training Strategies Paul D. Foley, H. Doug Watts and Brenda Wilson

7. Qualified Scientists and Engineers and Economic Performance Derek Bosworth and Rob Wilson

Part 3: Markets and Consumers 8. The Diffusion of New Technology: Extensions to Theory and Evidence Paul Stoneman and Massoud Karshenas

9. Product Marketing and Sales in High-Technology Small Firms Ray P. Oakey, Sarah Y. Cooper and Janet Biggar

10. The Speed of Technology Change and Development of Market Structure : Semiconductors, PC Software and Biotechnology Peter Swann and Jas Gill

11. The Heart of Where the Home is: The Innovation Process in Consumer IT Products Alan Cawson, Leslie Haddon and Ian Miles

Part 4: Financing New Technology 12. Internal and External Financial Constraints on Investment in Innovative Technology Alasdair Lonie, Bill Nixon and David Collison

13. Accounting for R & D Costs: does it Matter? Perceptions of Analysts and Company Management Alan Goodacre, Rob Ball, Jim McGrath, Ken Pratt and Richard Thomas

14. R & D Intensity and Firm Finance: A US-UK Comparison John Board, P. J. Robert Delargy and Ian Tonks Part 5: Collboration in New Technology 15. Management of International Collboration Luke Georghiou and Kate Barker. Summary and Conclusion Peter Swann

About the Editor

Peter Swann

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