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Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries

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No industries had greater impact on everyday life and work in the second half of the twentieth century than consumer electronics and computers. Yet the epic story of the founding of the Information Age remains almost completely unknown. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alfred D. Chandler Jr. systematically records for the first time from a global perspective the origins and evolution of these transforming industries. In this marvelous chronicle of the trailblazing high-technology companies and products that laid the foundation for the Electronic Century, Chandler shows with unerring command of fact and data precisely where, when, how, and by whom technical knowledge was initially commercialized.

In richly textured magisterial prose, Chandler describes how Radio Corporation of America shaped the consumer electronics industry from its beginnings in the 1920s to the 1960s. He explains how catastrophic management decisions that brought about the collapse of RCA opened the door to Sony and Matsushita andultimately to Japan's worldwide conquest of consumer electronics markets. At the same time, Chandler shows that the computer industry has been a strikingly American triumph. Readers will discover a wealth of penetrating insights in Chandler's riveting account of the rise of the mainframe, the minicomputer, and the microprocessor. What is more, Chandler documents the surprising and little-known fact that first mover IBM dominated the computer industry from the 1950s to the 1990s and that the Japanese, first by making IBM plug-compatibles and later with their large systems and servers, became its major competitors.

Only by following the history of firms that commercialized these new technologies and knowing the details of competitive success and failure can managers truly understand their industries. Inventing the Electronic Century is timely and essential reading for every manager and student of high technology.

About the Author

Alfred D. Chandler Jr., widely acknowledged as the dean of American business historians, is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Newcomen Award for The Visible Hand (1977) and the author of two other seminal works, Strategy and Structure (1962) and Scale and Scope (1990). He is the Straus Professor of Business History Emeritus at the Harvard Business School.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

  1. Introduction: Concepts and Approach

  2. Consumer Electronics: The United States — The Creation and Destruction of a National Industry

  3. Consumer Electronics: Japan's Paths to Global Conquest

  4. Mainframes and Minicomputers: The Computer Industry Created in the United States

  5. The Microprocessor Revolution: The Computer Industry Recast in the United States

  6. The National Competitors: Europe's Computer Industries Die, Japan's Industry Challenges

  7. The Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries as the Electronic Century Begins

  8. The Significance of the Epic Story

Appendices

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743215671
Subtitle:
The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries
Author:
Chandler, Alfred DuPont
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Electronics - General
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Computer Industry
Subject:
Competition, international
Subject:
Electronic industries
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
General Computers
Subject:
General Computers
Copyright:
Series Volume:
vol. 1
Publication Date:
20011106
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 19.74 oz

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