This updated, second edition of Management of Technology and Innovation: Competing Through Technological Excellence offers an understanding of the management of technology and innovation, not in isolation, but as a dynamic integrated system connected to organizational culture, knowledge management and value creation.This book will be an invaluable resource for management students and teachers studying the theory and practice of technology management.

The Axes and Atlas of Technology

The axes and atlas of technology

A comprehensive appraisal of the strategic issues involved in the management of technology, and their interrelationships, requires a holistic conceptual approach. In the absence of a coherent, logico-rational, and holistic framework, their analysis is apt to be flawed, fragmentary, and inconsistent. In this chapter, two such holistic conceptual frameworks of analysis and understanding are briefly presented. They are the three axes of manufacturing activity (Ehner and Bax, 1987) and the atlas of technology (The Technology Atlas Team, 1987). In what follows, each of these two conceptual schemata is briefly outlined.

The Three Axes of Manufacturing Activity

The nature and dimensions of manufacturing activities can be understood and appraised at the macro level in terms of three ...

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