Technology and the economy

Dosi, Giovanni; Orsenigo, Luigi and Sylos-Labini, Mauro (2005). Technology and the economy. In: Smelser, Neil J. and Swedberg, Richard eds. Handbook of Economic Sociology. Princeton, New Jersey & New York: Princeton University Press & Russell Sage, pp. 678–702.



The paper, as such a draft of a chapter for the second edition of the Handbook of Economic Sociology, Edited by Neil J. Smelser and Richard Swedberg), is meant to offer some sort of roadmap across a few fields of investigation concerning the relationships between technological learning and economic dynamics. Within this broad critical endeavour, one discusses some of the interpretative achievements stemming from e.g. the economics of innovation, industrial economics, epistemology of knowledge, economic sociology and history of technology among others. In particular, one tries to identify the drivers of technological change, possible invariances in the processes of change themselves, their social and institutional roots and some properties of the dynamic coupling between technological learning, forms of corporate organization and economic evolution.

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