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Knowledge Transfer And Technology Diffusion

Edited by Paul L. Robertson, University of Tasmania, Australia and David Jacobson, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Dublin City University Business School, Ireland
This important book is about the origins and diffusion of innovation, in theory and in practice. The practice draws on a variety of industries, from electronics to eyewear, from furniture to mechatronics, in a range of economies including Europe, the USA and China.
Extent: 352 pp
Hardback Price: £96.00 Online: £86.40
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84844 106 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Technology and ICT
This important book is about the origins and diffusion of innovation, in theory and in practice. The practice draws on a variety of industries, from electronics to eyewear, from furniture to mechatronics, in a range of economies including Europe, the USA and China.

The eminent contributors investigate how the latest technologies diffuse through the economy, helping to reinvigorate seemingly old and stagnant industries in the process. Examples drawn from Asia and Europe show how countries like China and India are increasingly able to catchup with, or even surpass, industrialized nations in Europe and North America, in some cases by becoming technological pioneers. The book also examines the effects of new information and communications technologies on regional economies, especially in Western Europe. The themes and findings are summarized and evaluated in an extensive introductory chapter.

Scholars of innovation from a variety of disciplines, including management, economics, and human resources will find this study insightful. Postgraduate students in industrial studies, industrial dynamics and industrial development, including both advanced and industrialising countries, will also find much of interest to them in this timely book.
Contributors: T. Aage, J. Albors, F. Belussi, D. Campagnolo, A. Camuffo, B. Çelikkol Erbas, L.-C. Chen, L. Ciapetti, A. Fikirkoca, F. Garibaldo, Y.-H. Guo, J.L. Hervas-Oliver, D. Jacobson, S. Laestadius, V. Long, A. Morrison, D. Porcellato, S. Ray, T. Rayna, P.L. Robertson, S.R. Sedita, L. Striukova, A. Tuzcu
Contents:

1. Knowledge Transfer and Technology Diffusion: An Introduction
Paul L. Robertson and David Jacobson

2. Resources and Innovation in Low-tech Industries: An Empirical Study of Clusters in Spain and Italy
José L. Hervas-Oliver and José Albors

3. Inward Flows of Information and Knowledge in Low-tech Industrial Districts: Contrasting the ‘Few Firms Gatekeeper’ and ‘Direct Peer’ Models
Fiorenza Belussi, Silvia R. Sedita, Tine Aage and Daniele Porcellato

4. The Role of Company Networks in Low-tech Industries
David Jacobson and Francesco Garibaldo

5. Technological Change, Knowledge Integration and Adaptive Processes: The Mechatronic Evolution of the Reggio Emilia District
Lorenzo Ciapetti

6. Globalization and Low-technology Industries: The Case of Italian Eyewear
Diego Campagnolo and Arnaldo Camuffo

7. Innovation and External Knowledge Sources in Industrial Districts: Evidence from an Italian Furniture Cluster
Andrea Morrison

8. Engineering versus Craftsmanship: Innovation in the Electric Guitar Industry, 1945–1984
Thierry Rayna and Ludmila Striukova

9. How Low- and Medium-technology Industries in Developing Countries Compete with Multinationals: Lessons from China’s Home Electronics Sector
Guo Yung-Hsing

10. New Patterns in Knowledge Transfer and Catching Up: Chinese R&D in ICT
Vicky Long and Staffan Laestadius

11. Technological Learning and Capability Building in LMT Industries in Newly Industrializing Countries: Selected Examples from Taiwan
Liang-Chih Chen

12. Understanding Regional Innovation Systems in LMT Industries: The Case of Turkey as an Emerging Market Economy
Ali Fikirkoca, Bahar Çelikkol Erbas and Arcan Tuzcu

13. International Technology Diffusion and Productivity in Low- and
Medium-technology Sectors in India
Saon Ray

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