Technological Systems and Economic Performance: The Case of Factory Automation

  • Bo Carlsson

Part of the Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation book series (ESTI, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Bo Carlsson
    Pages 1-19
  3. Bo Carlsson, Rikard Stankiewicz
    Pages 21-56
  4. Bo Carlsson, Gunnar Eliasson
    Pages 57-87
  5. Bo Carlsson, Staffan Jacobsson
    Pages 241-261
  6. Ellinor Ehrnberg, Staffan Jacobsson
    Pages 263-272
  7. Bo Carlsson, Erol Taymaz, Kjell Tryggestad
    Pages 391-416
  8. Bo Carlsson, Staffan Jacobsson
    Pages 417-440
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 477-495

About this book


In 1987 the Swedish National Board for Technical Development (STU, later becoming the Swedish National Board for Industrial and Technical Development, NUTEK) initiated a study of Sweden's Technological Systems and Future Development Potential. A comprehensive, interdisciplinary study was envisioned, yielding not only useful insight but also a permanent competence base for future analyses of technological systems and technology policy in Sweden. Three leading Swedish research institutes were invited to participate: the Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research in Stockholm, the Department ofIndustrial Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, and the Research Policy Institute at the University of Lund. I was invited to direct the project. The project group decided to focus initially on a particular technological system, namely factory automation, to be followed by similar studies of other systems. Numerous publications have resulted from the project thus far. The current volume represents a summary of our work on factory automation. It consists of several original essays and of some previously published papers which have been edited, in some cases substantially, in order to form a comprehensive and coherent picture of a technological system. To our knowledge, this is the first in-depth analysis of a technological system designed as a component of a systematic study of technological systems more generally. At the time of this writing, three further studies on electronics and computers, pharmaceuticals, and powder technology are under way, to be published in a later volume.


Manufacturing Manufacturing System economic growth innovation science and technology technological innovation technology policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Bo Carlsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4065-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0145-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1381-0480
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