A framework for understanding technological change: Lessons from information technology, 1868-1997

James W. Cortada

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Abstract

The chapter proposes a three step framework to assist in the study of technological change in historical terms, using one class of technology, computational devices and computers, to illustrate the approach. Step one explores the economic dynamics of computing to demonstrate the value of studying a specified technology to gain insights about other forms of technologies. Second step attempts an understanding of users and historians respond to the issue of change. Finally, a framework for studying the role of change in technology is presented. Many examples are drawn from different periods in the modern history of information processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship and economic growth in the American economy
Pages47-92
Number of pages46
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth
Volume12
ISSN (Print)1048-4736

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    Cortada, J. W. (2000). A framework for understanding technological change: Lessons from information technology, 1868-1997. In Entrepreneurship and economic growth in the American economy (pp. 47-92). (Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth; Vol. 12).