Innovation and the Evolution of Industries: History-Friendly Models

Innovation and the Evolution of IndustriesFranco Malerba, Universita’ Bocconi; Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University; Luigi Orsenigo, Universita’ Bocconi; and Sidney G. Winter, Management Department, The Wharton School

Innovation and the Evolution of Industries: History-Friendly Models (Cambridge University Press, August 2016).

Abstract: The disruptive impacts of technological innovation on established industrial structures has been one of the distinguishing features of modern capitalism. In this book, four leading figures in the field of Schumpeterian and evolutionary economic theory draw on decades of research to offer a new, ‘history-friendly’ perspective on the process of creative destruction. This ‘history-friendly’ methodology models the complex dynamics of innovation, competition and industrial evolution in a way that combines analytical rigor with an acknowledgement of the chaotic nature of history.

The book presents a comprehensive analysis of the determinants and patterns of industrial evolution, and investigates its complex dynamics within three key industries: computers, semiconductors, and pharmaceuticals. It will be of great value to scholars and students of innovation and industrial change, from backgrounds as varied as history, economics and management. Its coverage of new methodological tools is also useful for students who are new to evolutionary economic theory.

Read more about the book here.