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Technology and the market : demand, users and innovation
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Cheltnham, Glos. : Edward Elgar, 2001
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30000005173715 HC79.H53 T44 2001 Open Access Book

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The interplay between demand from the market, the role of users in shaping that demand, and the way in which these factors influence the innovation process has always been a complex one. This forward thinking book examines this interplay from a technological change perspective.The contributors explore the potential for rapprochement between economics, sociological and other social science disciplines in considering the allocation of resources and the making of decisions about technological change. The papers within this book represent a judicious blend of theory and empirical research and look at a broad range of innovations, markets and technologies in medicine, agricultural and food production, services and IT. Technology and the Market raises the question of the many 'visible hands' that are involved in linking technology and the market together.This book is recommended to academics and policymakers interested in demand-innovation interaction, scholars of industrial economics and the sociology of technology as well as entrepreneurs.Understanding user needs is now seen as one of the most important factors in the success of innovation and one of the raisons d'être of market research. This book attempts to move the boundaries to show the importance of how demand is detected or constructed by innovators.

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Edited by Rod Coombs, Professor of Technology Management, the late Ken Green, formerly Professor of Environmental Innovation Management, the late Albert Richards, formerly, Research Fellow in Technology Management and Vivien Walsh, Reader in Technology Management, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

Table of Contents

Rod Coombs and Ken Green and Albert Richards and Vivien WalshArie Rip and Aard J. GroenPaul MartinDale A. RoseAnna Johnson and Staffan JacobssonAndrew McMeekinAdrian Smith and Alain RajotteNikolaos PisaniasMaureen McKelveyLeslie Haddon and Gerd PaulRemco Hoogma and Johan SchotCecile Meadel and Vololona RabeharisoaMarcela MiozzoAndrew Tylecote and Claudia Galvao
List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
List of contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Many visible handsp. 12
3 Great expectations: the construction of markets, products and user needs during the early development of gene therapy in the USAp. 38
4 Reconceptualizing the user(s) of - and in - technological innovation: the case of vaccines in the United Statesp. 68
5 Inducement and blocking mechanisms in the development of a new industry: the case of renewable energy technology in Swedenp. 89
6 Shaping the selection environment: 'chlorine in the dock'p. 112
7 When markets meet socio-politics: the introduction of chlorine-free bleaching in the Swedish pulp and paper industryp. 136
8 Internet market applications in ship-broking: a framework and research findingsp. 156
9 Internet entrepreneurship: why Linux might beat Microsoftp. 177
10 Design in the IT industry: the role of usersp. 201
11 How innovative are users? A critique of learning-by-doing and-usingp. 216
12 Taste as a form of adjustment between food and consumersp. 234
13 Services and innovation: demand-led changes in business organizationsp. 254
14 The missing link: innovation and the needs of less-developed country usersp. 280
Indexp. 297