Electronics-based automation technologies and the onset of systemofacture: Implications for Third World industrialization.
World Development, 13(3),
This paper considers the implications of emergent best-practice techniques for Third World industrial strategies. These new techniques are described in historical context, and are considered to consist of two major developments. These are the adoption of systemic, electronics-based automation technologies, and the adoption of Japanese-style just-in-time production techniques. The implications for Third World industrialization are considered in four major areas, namely: policies concerning technological diffusion; networking and infrastructure; skill acquisition; and the role of design in comparative advantage.
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