Books and Reviews

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China’s Path to Innovation

China's economic development is one of the great stories of our time. Today (July 28, 2015) we are starting our special focus on China with a review new book on the development of China's innovative capacity. China's Path to Innovation written by the Oxford Professor Xiaolan Fu. Although a new trade press book seems to come out almost every week on China's innovative capacity, there are relatively few scholarly treatments on the subjects. For this reason, Xiaolan Fu’s book China's Path to Innovation (Cambridge University Press, 2015) is a welcome addition to the literature.
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Knowledge and Competitive Advantage: The Coevolution of Firms, Technology, and National Institutions

Johann Peter Murmann compares the development of the synthetic dye industry in Great Britain, Germany, and the United States through the lenses of evolutionary theory. As Murmann demonstrates, a complex coevolutionary process linking firms, technology, and national institutions resulted in very different degrees of industrial success among the dye firms in the three countries. The book won Joseph Schumpter Prize and the Stanley Reiter in 2004. Download Introductory Chapter
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Managing New Industry Creation [in Global Flat Panel Display Industry]

The flat panel display (FPD) industry was the first new manufacturing industry to fully emerge in a global economy defined more by trade in knowledge than in physical products. Drawing upon interviews with over 160 managers and scientists from around the world who helped found the FPD industry, the authors identify successful strategies for knowledge-driven competition. They also make policy recommendations for business and government decision makers concerned with maintaining a healthy technology base
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From Silicon Valley to Singapore: Location and Competitive Advantage in the Hard Disk Drive Industry

The book explains how decisions about location helped US firms achieve global dominance in the hard disk drive industry. Details how American firms were able to develop two complementary industry clusters, with fundamental research and product development concentrated in the US (principally California), and manufacturing in Southeast Asia. This example offers new perspectives on the sources of industrial leadership, strategic behavior, and the geographic evolution of industry.
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The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy

In The Gifts of Athena, Joel Mokyr argues that the growth explosion in the modern West in the past two centuries was driven not just by the appearance of new technological ideas but also by the improved access to these ideas in society at large - as made possible by social networks comprising universities, publishers, professional sciences, and kindred institutions. He shows that changes in the intellectual and social environment and the institutional background in which knowledge was generated and disseminated brought about the Industrial Revolution."
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Organizations Evolving

[From etss.net] We are kicking off our book review feature today (February 8, 2000) with Howard Aldrich's new oeuvre "Organizations Evolving." (Click on title for table of contents) Hayagreeva Rao and Arthur Stinchcombe have read the book over the holidays for us and we are very pleased to publish their reviews on etss.net. As will be customary for all our reviews, we invited Howard Aldrich to respond to the two evaluations of his book. You can share your views and participate in a discussion of the book by posting a message at the end of the review.
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Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures.