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The Evolution of Comparative or Competitive Advantage: A Preliminary Report on a Study

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This paper is a preliminary report on a study of the comparative evolution of several major high tech industries in the US, Japan and Western Europe. In general the paper examines similarities and differences in the ways these industries developed in different countries, and the factors explaining those differences. The project especially focused on understanding the instances when firms in a particular country gained a strong competitive advantage over firms based in other countries. The industries studied are: organic chemical products, computers, semiconductors, software, numerical controlled machine tools, pharmaceuticals in the age of biotechnology and medical devices. Copyright 1996 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Nelson, Richard R, 1996. "The Evolution of Comparative or Competitive Advantage: A Preliminary Report on a Study," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 5(2), pages 597-617.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:5:y:1996:i:2:p:597-617
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    1. Davide Consoli, 2005. "Changing boundaries and structure of a technological system: lessons from UK retail banking," Development and Comp Systems 0506004, EconWPA.
    2. Ron Martin & Peter Sunley, 2011. "Conceptualizing Cluster Evolution: Beyond the Life Cycle Model?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, pages 1299-1318.
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    4. Ron Martin & Peter Sunley, 2011. "Conceptualizing Cluster Evolution: Beyond the Life Cycle Model?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, pages 1299-1318.

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