A History of Technology: Volume 6: The Twentieth Century, by Trevor I. Williams

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Though no definitive and Re5molds, each generated as many inventions as the previous monopolist, answer can be given to the question ‘How much does industrial structure Alcoa [13]. ’ much suggestive evidence is available. M . entering the market relatively late when it found that computers were taking business from its existing office machines [14]. tion provides an incentive to innovate, and that in many industries the largest Statistical comparisons between the rate of innovation in concentrated and firms are not the most effective innovators, or the heaviest spenders on unconcentrated industries do not support the belief that concentrated indus­ research and development.

Therefore, when we also be explored. W e have noted how technology begets technology; is it true write of the economics of technological change, we are really trying to describe that technological developments cause concentration of productive resources, economic aspects of changing patterns o f work with particular reference to the that is, give rise to large firms and corporations? W e are fortunate in having degree of effectiveness attained in converting inputs to products. It is easily detailed studies of factors affecting industrial concentration, principally in the seen that technology in the sense described is very sensitive to many factors, social as well as economic and political, and one is perhaps attempting, in an work of Joe S.

A synoptic world view of ments might be greatly eased. W . Parker, writing in 1961, made a comment technological developments during the first half of this century shows not on the history of technological development which put the question provoca­ only that there were great advances but that these were very unevenly distri­ tively. one coun­ try to another— at one time Britain, at another Germ any, and in our period largely the United States of America, with Japan showing a remarkable rate T h e rate o f flow o f Western thought, popular taste and technology has been strongly affected by the development of these techniques o f social communication.

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