Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors by William B. BonvillianTechnological Innovation in Legacy Sectors by William B. Bonvillian

Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors

byWilliam B. Bonvillian, Charles Weiss

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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The American economy faces two deep problems: expanding innovation and raising the rate of quality job creation. Both have roots in a neglected problem: the resistance of Legacy economic sectors to innovation. While the U.S. has focused its policies on breakthrough innovations to create neweconomic frontiers like information technology and biotechnology, most of its economy is locked into Legacy sectors defended by technological/ economic/ political/ social paradigms that block competition from disruptive innovations that could challenge their models. Americans like to buildtechnology "covered wagons" and take them "out west" to open new innovation frontiers; we don't head our wagons "back east" to bring innovation to our Legacy sectors. By failing to do so, the economy misses a major opportunity for innovation, which is the bedrock of U.S. competitiveness and itsstandard of living. Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors uses a new, unifying conceptual framework to identify the shared features underlying structural obstacles to innovation in major Legacy sectors: energy, air and auto transport, the electric power grid, buildings, manufacturing, agriculture, health caredelivery and higher education, and develops approaches to understand and transform them. It finds both strengths and obstacles to innovation in the national innovation environments - a new concept that combines the innovation system and the broader innovation context - for a group of Asian andEuropean economies. Manufacturing is a major Legacy sector that presents a particular challenge because it is a critical stage in the innovation process. By increasingly offshoring production, the U.S. is losing important parts of its innovation capacity. "Innovate here, produce here," where the U.S. took all the gainsof its strong innovation system at every stage, is being replaced by "innovate here, produce there," which threatens to lead to "produce there, innovate there."To bring innovation to Legacy sectors, authors William Bonvillian and Charles Weiss recommend that policymakers focus on all stages of innovation from research through implementation. They should fill institutional gaps in the innovation system and take measures to address structural obstacles toneeded disruptive innovations. In the specific case of advanced manufacturing, the production ecosystem can be recreated to reverse "jobless innovation" and add manufacturing-led innovation to the U.S.'s still-strong, research-oriented innovation system.
William B. Bonvillian is Director of the MIT Washington Office. Previously, he served as a senior advisor in the U.S. Senate. He has taught technology policy at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and MIT. He has served on a National Academies' Board and five Committees, received the IEEE Distinguished Public Service Award and was elected a Fel...
Title:Technological Innovation in Legacy SectorsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.18 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Root Problems: Expanding Innovation and Creating Jobs2. The Legacy Sector Challenge3. Paradigms as Obstacles to Innovation in Legacy Sectors4. Production Matters5. What's Blocking Innovation in Legacy Sectors?6. Six U.S. Legacy Sectors: Energy, the Grid, Buildings, Air and Auto Transport and Manufacturing7. Applying the Legacy Framework to Service Sectors: Higher Education and Health Care Delivery8. Innovating in the Defense Sector9. Enabling and Disabling National Innovation Environments in Europe, China, and India10. Exporting Inappropriate Paradigms in Agriculture and Energy11. Innovation Dynamics, Change Agents, and Innovation Organization12. Launching Innovation into Legacy Sectors13. Case Study: Applying the Policy Framework to Advanced Manufacturing14. Conclusions: Turning Covered Wagons East

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"Otherwise, we face the real danger in the long run of such disruptions emerging from outside the US than from the inside."--Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Professor and Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University