The Early Computer Industry: Limitations of Scale and Scope by A. GandyThe Early Computer Industry: Limitations of Scale and Scope by A. Gandy

The Early Computer Industry: Limitations of Scale and Scope

byA. Gandy

Hardcover | November 30, 2012

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Uses case studies to explore why large scale electronics failed to win a leadership position in the early computer industry and why IBM, a firm with a heritage in the business machines industry, succeeded. The cases cover both the US and the UK industry focusing on electronics giants GE, RCA, English Electric, EMI and Ferranti.
TONY GANDY is a reader at IFS School of Finance, UK. After a period as a journalist he worked for an investment bank and spent 15 years running his own small consulting firm mainly specialising in the overlap of banking and technology. His research interests include competition in the early computer industry, innovation in bank deliver...
Title:The Early Computer Industry: Limitations of Scale and ScopeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 1.11 inPublished:November 30, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230389104

ISBN - 13:9780230389106

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Table of Contents

List of Tables List of Figures Prologue Acknowledgements A Note on Referencing Styles Historiography Scope, Scale, Concentric Diversification and the Black Box RCA and the Electronic Data Processing Business General Electric and the Commercial Data Processing Market The Ferranti Company and the Early Computer Industry Electrical and Musical Industries Strategies and organisations of IBM and ICT IBM's other Competitors Conclusions: Concentric Diversification versus Market Specialisation and the Problem of Resource Allocation

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