ROMSing is not in itself bad, when the ROMSer tries to answer an important question. But its triumph in academe has tended to suppress work that could explore and capture new domains for science and technology.
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Suggested reading on competition between British and German industry between 1870 and 1914
- David S. Landes, The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present, Cambridge University Press, 1972.Google Scholar
Suggested reading on deterioration of U.S. production skills
- Simon Ramo, America’s Technology Slip, John Wiley, New York, 1980.Google Scholar
- William G. Ouchi, Theory Z: How American Business Can Meet the Japanese Challenge, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Reading, Massachusetts, 1981.Google Scholar
- Ira C. Magaziner and Robert B. Reich, Minding America’s Business: The Decline and Rise of the American Economy, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., New York, 1982.Google Scholar
- Robert B. Reich, The Next American Frontier, Times Books, New York, 1983.Google Scholar
- William J. Abernathy, Kim B. Clark, Alan M. Kantrow, Industrial Renaissance: Producing a Competitive Future for America, Basic Books, Inc., New York, 1983.Google Scholar
- Seymour Melman, Profits without Production, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, 1983.Google Scholar
- Melman argues that companies producing weapons for the Department of Defense practice “cost maximizing,” giving currency to management practices that have spread even into the private sector. His criticism of weapons procurement parallels in some respects my criticism here of governmental funding of R&D.Google Scholar
Recommended reading on ways of bureaucracy
- Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1944.Google Scholar