This book can be read in two ways, either as a theoretical analysis of the patterns of technical change in modern economies with an illustrative case study on semiconductors, or, conversely, as an industry study with long (and unorthodox) theoretical premises. It has been written in a somewhat modular form so that both the theoretical parts and the empirical investigation are relatively self-contained. Both topics bear a major relevance. The semiconductor industry is at the core of the ‘microelectronics revolution’, whose impact on the structure of industry and the broader social environment can be compared to that of the fundamental technological innovations which marked an epoch of modern history such as the steam engine or electricity. Technical change, in general, is one of the fundamental engines of economic growth and structural transformation in modern societies.


Modular Form Technical Change Industrial Structure Semiconductor Industry Classical Economic 
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© Giovanni Dosi 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Dosi
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  1. 1.Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)University of SussexUK
  2. 2.Federal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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