The making of American industrial research : science and business at GE and Bell, 1876-1926

Leonard S. Reich

This book tells the story of how and why industrial research was established in America by two large and innovative corporations: General Electric, formed in a merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston in 1892, and the dominant force in the American electrical industry ever since; and American Telephone and Telegraph, the commercial outgrowth of Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone. Important lessons can be drawn from the early efforts of these two corporations. Through industrial research - and particularly through the development of patented products and processes - large companies could begin to exert a new degree of market control by strongly influencing the rate and direction of technological change. The development of industrial research also had a profound impact on science and technology in America. It affected the content and methods of both by providing new opportunities, incentives, and constraints to the growing community of students and engineers.

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  • List of illustrations
  • Editors' preface
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: the importance of industrial research
  • 2. Building the foundations of industrial research: American science, technology, and industry in the 19th century
  • 3. The establishment and early growth of General Electric
  • 4. Origins and early history of the General Electric Research Laboratory
  • 5. General Electric: the research process
  • 6. The establishment and early growth of Bell Telephone
  • 7. AT&T: the establishment of industrial research
  • 8. AT&T: the research process
  • 9. Research, patents, and the struggle to control radio
  • 10. Conclusion: the impact of industrial research
  • Notes
  • Index.

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書名 The making of American industrial research : science and business at GE and Bell, 1876-1926
著作者等 Reich, Leonard S.
Galambos Louis
Gallmam Robert
Reich Leonard
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 1985
ページ数 xvi, 309 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521522374
NCID BA00178811
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス