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Changing large technical systems

Author: Jane Summerton
Publisher: Boulder : Westview Press, 1994
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An international anthology on processes of change in large technical systems, with case studies of historical and contemporary transformations within such areas as railways, telecommunications,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Summerton
ISBN: 0813388171 9780813388175
OCLC Number: 473382746
Notes: Papers presented at a roundtable conference held in Vadstena, Sweden in Aug. 1992
Description: 348 s. : illustrations
Contents: Introduction - the systems approach to understanding technological change, Jane Ummerton. Part 1 Combining old and new technologies to reshape systems: recombining large technical systems - the case of European organ transplantation, Ingo Braun and Bernward Joerges; changing embedded systems - the economics and politics of innovation in American railroad signalling, 1876-1914, Steven W. Usselman; integrating supple technologies into utility power systems - possibilities for reconfiguration, Alexandra Suchard; the normal accident of July 1914, Arden Bucholz. Part 2 Crossing borders reconfigures systems: transformation through integration - the unification of German telecommunications, Tobias Robischon; multinationals in transition - global technical integration and the role of corporate telecommunication networks, Volker Schneider; the Australian electric power industry and the politics of radical reconfiguration, Stephen M. Salsbury; economics of changing grid systems - competition in the electricity supply industry, Olivier Coutard. Part 3 Confronting incompatibilities between changing systems and their cultures: the Internet challenge - conflict and compromise in computer networking, Jane Abbate; broken plowshare - system failure and the nuclear power industry, Gene I. Rochlin. Part 4 Controlling the car - will the system change?: car traffic at the crossroads - new technologies for cars, traffic systems and their interaction, Reiner Grundmann; rethinking road traffic as social interaction, Oskar Juhlin. Part 5 The logic of systemic technology: four notes on systemic technology, Svante Beckman. Part 6 Concluding comments: conclusion, Jane Summerton.
Responsibility: ed. by Jane Summerton

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