The Early Computer Industry

Limitations of Scale and Scope

  • Anthony Gandy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Theory and Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-9
  3. US Electronics Companies in the Computer Sector 1950–72

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. RCA
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      Pages 41-87
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  4. UK Electronics Companies in the Computer Sector 1950–68

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
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  5. The Business Machines Firms — What Did They Do Differently?

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 316-348

About this book


Uses case studies to explore why large scale electronics failed to win a leadership position in the early computer industry and why IBM, a firm with a heritage in the business machines industry, succeeded. The cases cover both the US and the UK industry focusing on electronics giants GE, RCA, English Electric, EMI and Ferranti.


Imitation leadership Organisation organization

Authors and affiliations

  • Anthony Gandy
    • 1
  1. 1.ifs School of FinanceUK

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods