Special thanks are given to the authors who contributed to this book: Dr. Max Daetwyler, Drs. Pedro Nueño and Nieves Martinez, Dr. Jean- Paul Larcon, Dr. Horst Albach and Mr. Hermann Tengler, Dr. Henri J. Vartiainen, Dr. Raghu Nath, Dr. Sam Hai, Dr. André Delbecq, and Dr. Lynn Kahle. They gave their time and energy in interviewing professionals in the field, visiting industrial sites, researching historical documents, and then writing and helping in the continuous editing process. They took an original idea, a set of themes that had little if any literature or bibliographic precedent, and shaped creative essays that are well documented, readable, and interesting to a variety of audiences.
I would also like to thank those colleagues at Bentley College who offered constructive support, and Vice President Tony Bonapart and Dean O'Connell at Bentley College who helped me shape and obtain funding to launch the first project on this topic.
Thanks are in order to Diane Viveiros, our word processing specialist at Bentley College, without whose support this manuscript would never have been submitted.
I also wish to thank Tom Gannon at Greenwood Press. Tom's support and helpful comments have made it possible for this manuscript to become a book.
Final thanks to Hayat and Taya, my wife and daughter. They continue to offer solid support throughout my projects.
This book is dedicated to a friend and scholar, Adib Gharzouzi.