1st Edition

Technological Change and Industrial Transformation

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ISBN 9781138390034
August 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Industrial transformation is a research and teaching field with a focus on the phenomenon and mechanisms of industrial development and renewal. It concerns changes in economic activities caused by innovation, competition and collaboration, and has a rich heritage of evolutionary economics, institutional economics, industrial dynamics, technology history and innovation studies. It borrows concepts and models from the social sciences (sociology, history, political sciences, business/management, economics, behavioural sciences) and from technology and engineering studies also.

In this book, the authors present the key theories, frameworks and concepts of industrial transformation and use empirical cases to describe and explain the causes, processes and outcomes of transformation in the context of digitalisation and sustainability. They stress that industrial transformation consists both of Darwinian "survival of the fittest" selection, and of intentional pursuits of innovation and of industrial capabilities creation. The work argues that managing the global trends of transformation is not only about new technology and innovation; existing institutional settings, as well as dynamic interactions between technological change, organisational adaptation and economic activities, also have a profound impact on future trajectories. 

The areas under investigation are of great relevance for strategic management decisions and for industrial and technology policies, and for understanding the mechanisms underlying transformation and sustainable growth.

Table of Contents

1  Why this book?
Vicky Long and Magnus Holmén

2  What do we know about industrial transformation?
Vicky Long and Magnus Holmén

3  How digital platforms transform industries
Kent Thorén

4  Digital transformation of the Home Help Service sector through welfare technology
Peter Markowski

5  Doing more by knowing less: The evolution of the division of innovative labour in software creation
Magnus Holmén and Rögnvaldur Saemundsson

6  Rags to riches: digitalization and the transformation of the Icelandic film industry
Örn D. Jónsson, Steinunn Arnardóttir and Rögnvaldur J. Saemundsson

7  What prevents Machine Learning from transforming industries?
Vicky Long and Jonas Grafström

8  “Own it” or “share it”: Transformations of regulatory and community norms in the Swedish housing market
Rasmus Nykvist, Andrea Geissinger and Klas A.M. Eriksson

9  Industrial Transformation in the Anthropocene
Staffan Laestadius

10  Is the oil and natural gas industry transforming? Evidence from the offshore Arctic
Maria Morgunova

11  The industrial transformation of the Swedish heat pump sector
Petter Johansson

12  Conclusions
Magnus Holmén and Vicky Long

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Vicky Long is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning research (CIEL), Halmstad University, Sweden, and an Associated Researcher at The Ratio Institute. Her current research centers on the digital transformation of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) related appropriability regimes.

Magnus Holmén is a Professor in Innovation Sciences at Halmstad University, Sweden, where he is the Research Director of the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning research (CIEL). His current research interests include innovation processes, business model innovation, industrial transformation and digitalization.