Evolutionary Innovations: The Business of Biotechnology

Paperback | March 16, 2000

byMaureen McKelvey

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This book examines the initial commercial uses of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is one of the most modern, controversial and dynamic of the science-based technologies. It is not an object, but a set of techniques or way of doing things. The development of these technologies from the1970s onwards illustrates the changing relationships between universities and firms, and between basic science and research oriented towards commercial uses. The main focus of the book is on two firms-Genentech in the United States and Kabi in Sweden and their activities and 'knowledge-seeking' behaviour in the development of human growth hormone and how those ran in parallel with university science. IEvolutionary Innovationswas awarded the Schumpeter Society book proze in 1996. This paperback edition includes a new introduction in which the author reflects upon the most recent developments in biotechnology. The book will be of interest to a wide audience concerned to understand the complexitiesof innovation processes in the 'knowledge society', for example, management and organization researchers, economists, policy advisors, and managers and strategists responsible for turning knowledge into product and profit.

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This book examines the initial commercial uses of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is one of the most modern, controversial and dynamic of the science-based technologies. It is not an object, but a set of techniques or way of doing things. The development of these technologies from the1970s onwards illustrates the changing rela...

Maureen McKelvey is Associate Professor in the Department of Technology and Social Change, Linkoping University, Sweden.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198297246

ISBN - 13:9780198297246

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Table of Contents

IntroductionEvolutionary InnovationsScience and Technology InteractingUnderstanding Genetic EngineeringGenerating ResearchThe Early- to Mid-1970sGenerating ResearchThe Mid- to Late-1970sSpecific Firm Challenges, 1979-83Multiple Uses and Markets for Human Growth HormoneConclusions for Evolutionary EconomicsConclusions for Science and Technology

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`A very thorough piece of work'Long Range Planning, vol 33, 2000