It is a general understanding that the advanced economies are currently undergoing a fundamental transformation into knowledge-based societies. There is a firm belief that this is based on the development of high-tech industries. Correspondingly, in this scenario low-tech sectors appear to be less important. A critique of this widely held belief is the starting point of this book. It is often overlooked that many of the current innovation activities are linked to developments inside the realm of low-tech. Thus the general objective of the book is to contribute to a discussion concerning the relevance of low-tech industries for industrial innovativeness in the emerging knowledge economy.Providing examples of both theoretical and empirical research in this area, "Innovation in Low-tech Firms and Industries" will be of great interest to postgraduate students and academic researchers in innovation studies. It will also appeal to policy makers in the field of innovation policy as well as industrial economists and sociologists interested in traditional industries in advanced economies.
Contents:Introduction1. The Low-Tech IssueHartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen, Katrin Hahn and David JacobsonPART I: INNOVATION IN LMT: CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS2. How to Grasp Innovativeness of Organizations? - Outline of a Conceptual ToolGerd Bender3. Standard-setting Competition and Open Innovation in Non-HT Industries: Mechanical Engineering and Machinery Standard-settingAlexander Gerybadze and Andre Slowak4. The Moral Economy of Technology IndicatorsBenoit Godin5. Critical Comments on the 'Moral Economy of Technology Indicators'Hariolf GruppPART II: TECHNOLOGICAL DIFFUSION AND INTERRELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SECTORS 6. Distributed Knowledge Bases in Low- and Medium-Technology IndustriesPaul Robertson and Keith Smith 7. LMT Innovations in a High-tech Environment: Human-factor 'Tools' for the Airline IndustryDavid Jacobson and Bernard Musyck8. Technology Fusion and Organisational Structures in Low- and Medium-tech CompaniesDaniela Freddi9. Industrial Innovations in Relation to Service SectorsMarja Toivonen10. The Relevance of Services for High-, Medium- and Low-tech Firms - An Empirical Analysis in German IndustryEva Kirner, Gunter Lay and Steffen KinkelPART III: LOCAL VS. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN INNOVATION11. Innovation Activities versus Competitiveness in Low- and Medium-Technology-based Economies: The Case of PolandAnna Wziatek-Kubiak12. Low-tech Industries between Traded and Untraded Interdependencies. A Dynamic Concept of Industrial Complementarities Martin Heidenreich13. High-tech Innovations in Catching-up Countries: Conditions and PerspectivesStaffan Laestadius, Linda Gustavsson and Vicky Long14. Worshipping at the Shrine of the Knowledge Based Society?James Wickham
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