|Production Process and Technical Change|
Production Process and Technical Change
Hardback (ISBN 0 0521 41001 0 | ISBN: 978-0-521-41001-4)
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992, pp. i-x and 1-224. Myrdal Prize from the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy, Paris, November 1992.
Published April 1992.
Paperback (ISBN 978-0-521-411973-3)
Paperback Re-issue, digitally printed version, 2009.
This book attempts to unify the economic analysis of the production process in order to understand the effects of technical change. It is both an analytical representation of the production process, taking into account the temporal, organizational, and qualitative dimensions of production, and a fact-finding model for studying the economic effects of technical change. The inclusion of temporal and organizational aspects allows the author to examine the analytical implications of recent research on the nature of firms and the characteristics of technical change, whilst the model is used to analyse technical changes that involve variations of scale or degrees of flexibility. This book deals with themes much discussed in recent research in industrial economics and management studies, and is an important contribution to bringing these two areas of research closer together, providing a general framework for the study of production processes.
Acknowledgements; Introduction: scope and outline; Part I. Basic Concepts and Hypotheses: 1. Introduction; 2. Technical change and the three economic dimensions of production; 3. Production and time: preliminary definitions; 4. Division of labour, specialization and economic efficiency; Part II. The Model and its Application: 5. Introduction; 6. Production as a sequential process; 7. The matrix of production elements; 8. Transformation of the matrix of production elements for empirical research; 9. Towards empirical implementation: some case studies; Part III. Economies of Scale, Economies of Scope and Production Flexibility: 10. Introduction; 11. Economies of scale; 12. Flexible production systems and economies of scope; References; Index.