• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book analyzes a range of social contexts in which human decisions shape technology in the market economy. It comprises a critical review of both a select research literature and in-depth historical studies. Material is drawn from many social science disciplines to inform the reader of the reality of taking decisions on innovation.

Concluding Comments
Concluding comments

This book has been organised as an in-depth development of the intellectual device of the technology complex that was introduced in the first chapter. One of the advantages of this organisation is that while it confirms the utility of the broad conception of technology it shows clearly how technology is an integrated part of society. It does so by capturing the diversity of organisations and institutions that are involved in accommodating and controlling new technologies. It becomes obvious that innovation is not something restricted to the private sector alone; rather private sector management exists within a web of institutions that support, enable and sometimes constrain its decisions, and that are themselves subject to the influence of private sector management. It is also ...

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