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ARPA Does Windows: The Defense Underpinning of the PC Revolution

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  • Fong Glenn R.

    (Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management)

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    The Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) has aggressively and persistently supported technologies key to the personal computer (PC) revolution. Uncovering this political-economic link provides an important corrective to the popular lore surrounding the origins of the PC. In their emphases on private sector initiative and entrepreneurial risk-taking, conventional PC histories conform to orthodox market-based explanations of technological and economic progress. In contradistinction, this article "brings the state back in" to the PC realm of apparent market purity.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Business and Politics.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 3 (November)
    Pages: 1-26

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    Handle: RePEc:bpj:buspol:v:3:y:2001:i:3:n:1

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    1. William Bonvillian & Richard Atta, 2011. "ARPA-E and DARPA: Applying the DARPA model to energy innovation," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 36(5), pages 469-513, October.

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