Inside the black box : technology and economics / Nathan Rosenberg

PPN : 009238530Main Author : Rosenberg, Nathan (1927-....) Publication : Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, cop. 1982Description : 1 vol. (XI-304 p.) : ill. ; 23 cmISBN : 0-521-24808-6ISBN : 0-521-27367-6Note : Autres tirages : 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1999Note : "Transferred to digital printing 2004".Subject - Topical Name : Technology -- Social aspects | Economic development | Technological innovations | Transfert de technologie | Développement économique -- Effets des innovations technologiques | Technique -- Aspect social Document type : Livre
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Prêt normal BU Centre
BU Centre - Magasins (Fac Sc. Éco)
L52632 (Browse shelf) Available 0980035088
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Autres tirages : 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1999

"Transferred to digital printing 2004".

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La quatrième de technologie indique : "Economists have long treated technological phenomena as events transpiring inside a black box and, on the whole, have adhered rather strictly to a self-imposed ordinance not to inquire too seriously into what transpires inside that box. The purpose of Professor Rosenberg's work is to break open and examine the contents of the black box. In so doing, a number of important economic problems can be powerfully illuminated. The author clearly shows how specific features of individual technologies have shaped a number of variables of great concern to economists : the rate of productivity improvement, the nature of the learning process underlying technological change itself, the speed of technology transfer, and the effectiveness of government policies that are intented to influence technologies in particular ways. The separate chapters of this book reflect a primary concern with some of the distinctive aspects of industrial technologies in the twentieth century, such as the increasing reliance upon science, but also the considerable subtely and complexity of the dialectic between science and technology. Other concerns include the rapid growth in the development costs, associated with new technologies as well as the difficulty of predicting the eventual performance characteristics of newly emerging technologies. Inside the Black Box opens with a broad survey, in Part 1, of the historical literature on technical change. Each of the chapters in Part 2 represents an attempt to identify some significant characteristics of specific advanced industrial technologies, or of the process by which such technologies have emerged and have been introducted into the economy. The chapters in Parts 3 and 4 continue this examination against the backdrop of a concern with issues of public policy and with the implications of technologie transfer in the international context. Economists, economic historians, dans historians of technology and policy makers concerned with the future of American and international developments in technology will be particularly interested in this work."

 

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