Changing Large Technical Systems

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Changing Large
Technical Systems

EDITED BY
Jane Summerton

Westview Press

BOULDER SAN FRANCISCO OXFORD

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Foreword ix
  • 1 - Introductory Essay: The Systems Approach to Technological Change 1
  • Acknowledgements 18
  • Notes 18
  • References 19
  • Part One - Combining Parts of Systems 23
  • 2 - How to Recombine Large Technical Systems: The Case of European Organ Transplantation 25
  • Conclusion 48
  • Notes 49
  • References 49
  • 3 - Armies, Railroads, and Information: The Birth of Industrial Mass War 53
  • Acknowledgements 67
  • Notes 67
  • References 69
  • 4 - Multinationals in Transition: Global Technical Integration and the Role of Corporate Telecommunication Networks 71
  • Conclusion: Toward the Post-Chandlerian Firm Complex 84
  • Acknowledgements 85
  • Notes 85
  • References 87
  • 5 Changing Embedded Systems: the Economics and Politics of Innovation in American Railroad Signaling, 1876-1914 93
  • Summary and Conclusions 111
  • Notes 113
  • Part Two - Crossing Territorial Borders 117
  • 6 - Transformation Through Integration: The Unification of German Telecommunications 119
  • Summary 134
  • Acknowledgements 136
  • Notes 136
  • References 138
  • 7 - The Australian Electric Power Industry and the Politics of Radical Reconfiguration 141
  • Notes 161
  • References 162
  • 8 Economics of Grid Systems in Reconfiguration: Competition in the Electricity Supply Industry 163
  • Conclusion 183
  • Notes 185
  • References 186
  • Part Three - Confronting Cultural Incompatibilities 191
  • 9 - The Internet Challenge: Conflict and Compromise in Computer Networking 193
  • Introduction 193
  • Notes 209
  • References 209
  • 10 Integrating Supple Technologies into Utility Power Systems: Possibilities for Reconfiguration 211
  • Conclusion 225
  • Notes 228
  • References 229
  • 11: Broken Plowshare 231
  • Acknowledgements 257
  • Notes 257
  • References 258
  • Part Four - Controlling Car Traffic: Will the System Change? 263
  • 12 - Car Traffic at the Crossroads: New Technologies for Cars, Traffic Systems, and Their Interlocking 265
  • Introduction 265
  • Conclusion: Growth, Stabilization and Decay 281
  • Acknowledgements 283
  • Notes 284
  • References 287
  • 13 Information Technology Hits the Automobile? Rethinking Road Traffic as Social Interaction 291
  • Conclusion 304
  • Notes 305
  • References 306
  • Part Five - Reflections on Systemicy in Technology 309
  • 14 - On Systemic Technology 311
  • Conclusion 329
  • Acknowledgements 329
  • Notes 330
  • References 330
  • About the Contributors 333
  • About the Book 336
  • Index 337
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