1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Smart Technologies An Economic and Social Perspective

    712 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    712 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook provides a thorough discussion of the most recent wave of technological (and organisational) innovations, frequently called “smart” and based on the digitisation of information. The acronym stands for "Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology". This new wave is one in a row of waves that have shaken up and transformed the economy, society and culture since the first Industrial Revolution and have left a huge impact on how we live, think, communicate and work: they have deeply affected the socioeconomic metabolism from within and humankind’s footprint on our planet. The Handbook analyses the origins of the current wave, its roots in earlier ones and its path-dependent nature; its current forms and actual manifestations; its multifarious impact on economy and society; and it puts forward some guesstimates regarding the probable directions of its further development. In short, the Handbook studies the past, the present and the future of smart technologies and digitalisation.

    This cutting-edge reference will appeal to a broad audience, including but not limited to, researchers from various disciplines with a focus on technological innovation and their impact on the socioeconomic system; students across different fields but especially from economics, social sciences and law studying questions related to radical technological change and its consequences, as well as professionals around the globe interested in the debate of smart technologies and socioeconomic transformation, from a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective.

    Part 1. Disruptive technological change: historical record, economic analysis, methods and tools

    Chapter 1

    Is technological progress inevitable?

    Robert Skidelsky

    Chapter 2

    Disruptive technological change in recent economic history

    Werner Plumpe

    Chapter 3

    On machine ages: Causes, forms and effects of technological change

    Heinz D. Kurz

    Chapter 4

    Tools and concepts for understanding disruptive technological change after Schumpeter

    Mark Knell and Simone Vannuccini

    Chapter 5

    Entrepreneurship and industrial organisation

    Uwe Cantner and Thomas Grebel

    Chapter 6

    Is this time different? A note on automation and labour in the fourth Industrial Revolution

    Luigi Marengo

    Part 2. Smart technologies and work

    Chapter 7

    Smart technologies and the changing skills landscape in developing countries

    Karishma Banga

    Chapter 8

    The impact of disruptive technologies on work and employment

    Irene Mandl, Ricardo Rodriguez Contreras, Eleonora Peruffo and Martina Bisello

    Chapter 9

    The fourth industrial revolution and the distribution of income

    Stella S. Zilian and Laura S. Zilian

    Chapter 10

    The legal protection of platform workers

    Jeremias Adams-Prassl and Martin Gruber-Risak

    Chapter 11

    Smart technologies and gender: A never-ending story

    Knut H. Sørensen and Vivian Anette Lagesen

    Part 3. Smart technologies and social and economic transformation

    Chapter 12

    Artificial intelligence

    Fredrik Heintz

    Chapter 13

    The science space of artificial intelligence knowledge production: global and regional patterns, 1990–2016

    Dieter F. Kogler, Adam Whittle and Bernardo Buarque

    Chapter 14

    Structural dynamics in the era of smart technologies

    Ariel L. Wirkierman

    Chapter 15

    The diffusion of industrial robots

    Bernhard Dachs, Xiaolan Fu and Angela Jäger

    Chapter 16

    The triple bottom line of smart manufacturing technologies: an economic, environmental, and social perspective

    Thorsten Wuest, David Romero, Muztoba Ahmad Khan and Sameer Mittal

    Chapter 17

    From smart technologies to value creation: understanding smart service systems through text mining

    Chiehyeon Lim and Paul P. Maglio

    Chapter 18

    Smart cities, a spatial perspective: on the “how” of smart urban transformation

    Elke Pahl-Weber and Nadja Berseck

    Chapter 19

    Producing the ‘user’ in smart technologies: a framework for examining user representations in smart grids and smart metering infrastructure

    Antti Silvast, Robin Williams, Sampsa Hyysalo, Kjetil Rommetveit and Charles Raab

    Part 4. Smart technologies, governance and institutions

    Chapter 20

    Digital transformation and the sovereignty of nation states

    Richard Sturn

    Chapter 21

    Antitrust law and digital markets

    Viktoria H.S.E. Robertson

    Chapter 22

    Platform regulation: Coordination of markets and curation of sociality on the internet

    Ulrich Dolata

    Chapter 23

    New mission-oriented innovation policy in the digital era: How policy-based social technologies fuel the development of smart technologies.

    Marlies Schütz and Rita Strohmaier

    Chapter 24

    Crypto assets

    Tobias Eibinger, Ernst Brudna and Beat Weber

    Chapter 25

    Blockchain and the "smart-ification" of governance: The last "building block" in the smart economy

    Brendan Markey-Towler

    Part 5. Smart technologies and grand societal challenges

    Chapter 26

    "Back to the Future": Smart technologies and the sustainable development goals

    J. Carlos Domínguez, Claudia Ortiz Chao and Simone Lucatello

    Chapter 27

    North-South divide in research and innovation and the challenges of global technology assessment: the case of smart technologies in agriculture

    Andreas Stamm

    Chapter 28

    Smart technologies, energy demand and vulnerable groups; the scope for ‘just’ metering?

    Dan van der Horst

    Chapter 29

    Smart health

    Thomas Czypionka and Susanne Drexler

    Chapter 30

    Cybersecurity and ethics. An uncommon yet indispensable combination of issues

    Karsten Weber

    Part 6. Smart technologies: case studies

    Chapter 31

    A digital society for an ageing population: The Japanese experience

    Yuko Harayama and René Carraz

    Chapter 32

    Digitalisation and development in India: an overview

    Syed Mohib Ali Ahmed

    Chapter 33

    Industry 4.0 in China

    Han Li and Wei Zhang


    Heinz D. Kurz is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Graz, Austria, and a Fellow of the Graz Schumpeter Centre.

    Marlies Schütz works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Graz Schumpeter Centre, University of Graz, Austria.

    Rita Strohmaier is an economic researcher at the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn, Germany.

    Stella S. Zilian, M.A. (Econ.), works as a researcher at the Graz Schumpeter Centre, University of Graz, Austria, and at the Institute for Heterodox Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business.