Sources of Industrial Leadership: Studies of Seven Industries

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Professor of Business and Public Policy in the Walter a Haas School of Business David C Mowery, David C. Mowery, Richard R. Nelson, Professor of International and Public Affairs Richard R Nelson
Cambridge University Press, Oct 13, 1999 - Business & Economics - 401 pages
This book describes and analyzes how seven major high-tech industries evolved in the United States, Japan, and Western Europe. The industries covered are machine tools, organic chemical products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, computers, semiconductors, and software. In each of these industries, firms located in one or a very few countries became the clear technological and commercial leaders. In a number of cases, the locus of leadership changed, sometimes more than once, over the course of the histories studied. The focus of the book is on the key factors that supported the emergence of national leadership in each industry, and the reasons behind the shifts when they occurred. Special attention is given to the national policies that helped to create or sustain industrial leadership.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Evolution of Competitive Advantage in the Worldwide Semiconductor Industry 19471996
19
Industrial Dynamics and the Evolution of Firms and Nations Competitive Capabilities in the World Computer Industry
79
The Computer Software Industry
133
Innovation in the Machine Tool Industry A Historical Perspective on the Dynamics of Comparative Advantage
169
Dynamics of Comparative Advantage in the Chemical Industry
217
The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Revolution in Molecular Biology Interactions Among Scientific Institutional and Organizational Change
267
Diagnostic Devices An Analysis of Comparative Advantages
312
Explaining Industrial Leadership
359
Index
383
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