RCA and the VideoDisc : the business of research

Margaret B.W. Graham

The story of the RCA VideoDisc is a rare inside look at a company and the way it conducts the complex process of science-based innovation. For nearly fifty years the RCA name was synonymous with innovation in the industries it helped to build - radio and television broadcasting and manufacturing, and electronics. This 1986 book presents an absorbing account of how RCA shaped a sophisticated consumer electronics technology in a research and development effort that spanned fifteen years. We see how the company's history, its structure, its technical capability, and its competition all influenced the choices that were made in moving VideoDisc from laboratory to development group to market, and ultimately to withdrawal from the marketplace. Graham's book seeks to examine the nature of science-based innovation as a management problem. It also describes the complex workings of a large corporate R&D organization and the relationship that exists between it and the other components of a major diversified corporation. Above all RCA and the VideoDisc shows that there is nothing innate about the ability to innovate technologically.

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[目次]

  • Editors' preface
  • Preface and acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. Selectavision VideoDisc: opportunity and risk
  • 2. David Sarnoff: industrial entrepreneur
  • 3. Research as prime mover
  • 4. Laboratory as entrepreneur: videoplayer research begins
  • 5. Selectavision Holotape: RCA's professional innovation
  • 6. Everything ventured
  • 7. All in the family
  • 8. VideoDisc in the public eye
  • 9. RCA's 'Manhattan Project'
  • 10. On the market
  • 11. Managing R&D: lessons from RCA
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Index.

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書名 RCA and the VideoDisc : the business of research
著作者等 Graham, Margaret B. W.
Gallmam, Robert
Galambos, Louis
書名別名 RCA and the video disc : the business of research
シリーズ名 Studies in economic history and policy : the United States in the twentieth century
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1986
ページ数 xiv, 258 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521322820
NCID BA03787769
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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