The adoption of technological innovations : a case study of the printing industry

Van Twist, Peter. (1988). The adoption of technological innovations : a case study of the printing industry Master's Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Van Twist, Peter.
Thesis Title The adoption of technological innovations : a case study of the printing industry
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1988
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 116
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract
This paper attempts to provide an analysis of the technological innovations, by using the printing Industry as a case study. Theories of diffusion are examined, with the reality of the adoption innovations in that industry being used to make some evaluation of the applicability of theory.

This paper attempts to provide a critique of the standard models of diffusion which are associated with the Contribution of Griliches and Mansfield. This standard model contributed to a number of studies examining “S-curves” as maps of the pattern of diffusion. Considerable empirical work has been undertaken on the determinants on these innovation adoption patterns. Criticism of the model has developed: whether diffusion patterns are actually sigmoid; examinations of variables affecting diffusion; and the contention that the model is based on unrealistic and restrictive concepts. Critics, such as Gold, consider a significant area of simplified assumptions to be in relation to intra-firm decision making.

The paper endeavours to examine the experience of the printing industry which has undergone a number of technological changes, as innovations have been adopted, to shed light on the theories of diffusion. In particular, it adds considerable backing to the need to pay closer attention to decisions made within individual enterprises to analyse the adoption of innovations.

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