Originally published in 1987, this book explores the history and geography of the computer industry in Britain and the evolution of the market leader firms, STC ICL and IBM (UK). It also examines the rising rate of new firm formation in the 1980s and the technology policies adopted by successive governments and analyses how well the industry is placed to cope with the challenges of technological change and increased international competition.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Technological Change and Market Structure 3. The Origins of the British Computer Industry 4. The Growing Crisis and the Response of the Government 5. New Lamps for Old: New Firm Formation 6. The Geography of the British Computer Industry 7. Conclusions: Crisis and Development