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Patterns of Diffusion of New Technologies in Small Metal-Working Firms: The Case of an Italian Region

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  • Gurisatti, Paolo
  • Soli, Vladimiro
  • Tattara, Giuseppe

Programmable automation in the form of numerically controlled and computerized numerically controlled machine tools and flexible manufacturing systems has been commonly hailed as signalling a fundamental economic-technical paradigm shift similar to the shifts due to the introduction of the steam engine and the electric motor. This paper discusses the patterns of diffusion of microelectronics-based technical change in machine tools employed in metal-working or "engineering" firms in Italy. It is directed toward the segment of the production process involving the employment of metal-cutting milling machines. The paper builds a taxonomy linking innovative technological patterns to the competencies and strategies of firms. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 6 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 275-312

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:6:y:1997:i:2:p:275-312
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