‘Spin-on’ and Latecomers’ Advantages Reconsidered: British Development and Japanese Transfer in Social Context

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The function generally expected of the military-industrial-university complex has been ‘spin-off’ from the military to the private sector. A closer look at the social process through which R&D emerged during the ship revolution within a comparative perspective shows the need for a significant revision of that view. This chapter justifies the claim by focusing on the social context of ‘spin-on’ in the development of the marine turbine in Britain and its transfer to Japan at the turn of the century. The ‘spin-on’ here means the whole complex process through which commercial advanced technology is converted directly or indirectly to military use, a process quite opposite to ‘spin-off’. R&D here means the activity of continuously procuring and systematically organizing materials, human resources, information and money for the purpose of getting practical benefits from science and technology as well as satisfying intellectual curiosity.


Steam Turbine Naval Vessel Impulse Turbine Engine Section Naval Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TokyoJapan

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