Franco Malerba

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The concept sectoral system of innovation and production provides a multidimensional, integrated and dynamic view of sectors. It is proposed that a sectoral system is a set of products and the set of agents carrying out market and non-market interactions for the creation, production and sale of those products. A sectoral systems has a specific knowledge(More)
The paper originates in a report prepared under the EC TSER Programme’s ESSY Project (Sectoral Systems in Europe: Innovation, Competitiveness and Growth). Drafts of that report were presented for discussion at the 2 and 3 ESSY workshops, held respectively at CRIC, University of Manchester, 22-23 October 1999, and WZB-Berlin, 1 -3 June 2000, where we(More)
intellectual and editorial contributions to this chapter, and to others who have helped me develop the ideas and expression of this chapter including During the past fifty years innovations in semiconductors, data storage devices, computer architecture, software, and data communications have revolutionized information collection, storage, processing, and(More)
This book is about technological progress and its relationships with competition and the evolution of industry structures. It presents a new approach to the analysis of these issues, which we have labeled “history-friendly” modeling. This research stream began more than a decade ago and various papers have been published over the years. Here, we build on(More)
This paper has shed light on the processes of technological diversification and specialization by firms. European, American and Japanese firms have been examined in 25 technological fields within telecommunications, information and audiovisual technologies for the period 1978-1998. In general, in electronics technologies incumbent firms are engaged in(More)
In this essay, we argue that rational choice (RC) provides an inadequate foundation for a theory of economic action. After defining RC sufficiently broadly to encompass much of the bounded rationality literature as well as neoclassical optimization theory, we present three principal arguments against RC. The first is cognitive: economic actors are experts(More)