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Integrating innovation and learning curve theory: an enabler for moving nanotechnologies and other emerging process technologies into production

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Process technology selection is biased against selection of emerging process technologies such as nanotechnologies, biotechnology and microtechnologies (MEMS), since these decisions are frequently based on assumptions that are only valid for mature sustaining process technologies. This is a great concern since emerging process technologies are drivers of economic growth, especially in developed economies. We consider the learning curve literature and integrate it with the literature on technological trajectories and innovation to develop a theory for modeling the learning curve for emerging process technologies.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA 2: Anderson Schools of Management, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2004


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