This volume brings together reflections and research findings on so-called low-tech industries. The accepted wisdom seems to accept that mature, industrialised nations are undergoing a fundamental transformation into the much vaunted Knowledge Society. There is a firm belief that in this situation the advancement of high-tech industries is essential for growth and development. Correspondingly, in this scenario so-called low-tech sectors appear to be less important in and for the major industrialised countries. The starting point of this volume is a fundamental critique of this widely held belief. In fact, many of the processes we witness today are based on developments outside the realm of high-tech and low-tech industries are important not only for employment and growth but also for knowledge formation in European economies.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 334 pp., num. tables and graphs
Contents: Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen/David Jacobson/Staffan Laestadius/Keith Smith: Low and Medium Technology Industries
in the Knowledge Economy: The Analytical Issues – Tore Sandven/Keith Smith/Aris Kaloudis: Structural Change, Growth and Innovation:
The Roles of Medium and Low-Tech Industries, 1980-2000 – Staffan Laestadius: The Classification and Taxonomy of Industries
- Measuring the Right Thing – Gerd Bender: Innovation in Low-Tech Companies - Towards a Conceptualisation of Non-Science-Based
Innovation – Staffan Laestadius: Innovation - On the Development of a Concept and its Relevance in the Knowledge Economy –
Paul L. Robertson/Eduardo Pol/Peter Caroll: Receptive Capacity of Established Industries as a Limiting Factor in the Economy’s
Rate of Innovation – Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen: Low-Tech Industries: Knowledge Base and Organisational Structures – Klaus Schmierl:
Location Factors and Competence Patterns in Low-Tech Sectors – Andrea Bardi/Daniela Freddi: From Industrial District to Company
Network – Kevin Heanue/David Jacobson: Globalisation and Embeddedness in Low-Tech Industries: Some Evidence From Ireland –
Andrea Bardi/Silvano Bertini: Global Competition and Industrial Cluster Initiatives in Emilia-Romagna – Trond Einar Pedersen:
Two Types of ‘Low-Tech’ Sophistication: Production Techniques, Product Design and Formal Competence in Norwegian Mechanical
Engineering – Linda Gustavsson/Staffan Laestadius: Will They Survive? - Four Swedish Low-Tech Firms Facing the Knowledge Economy
– David Jacobson/Kevin Heanue: Implications of Low-Tech Research for Policy.