How does technology evolve? The book confronts this question here by developing the theory of technological parasitism, which endeavors to analyze and explain, with a new perspective, the relationships supporting the evolution of complex systems of technology in society.
This study is part of a large body of research on the evolution of technology started in 2016 at Arizona State University (Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Tempe AZ, USA), continued at Yale University in 2019 (School of medicine, New Haven CT, USA) and now is ongoing at National Research Council of Italy (Torino, Italy). This book is designed for students, undergraduates, graduates, managers in business and public administration, policymakers that wish to understand: critical characteristics of the evolution of technology, relationships between technologies in complex systems that clarify the driving forces of technical change, properties that explain which technologies are likely to evolve rapidly and, as well as also wish to expand their knowledge on these research fields that could aid management of firms and innovation strategy of nations to implement best practices of product/process design and development for supporting R&D investments, sustaining and safeguarding competitive advantage in markets.
In order to attain a reasonable depth, this book concentrates on critical topics of particular relevance in economics of innovation and technology that meet the needs of the intended audience. The book is divided in four inter-related chapters.
Overall, then, no single book could hope to cover adequately all aspects of what is wide and essentially multi-disciplinary field of inquiry, and it is not the intention here to attempt to cover all aspects and topics of the evolution of technology and technological change in society. It is regrettable but inevitable therefore that some topics are excluded or given only limited coverage and it is not possible to meet fully the preferences of all readers. I hope that readers dealing with economics of innovation and technology, and in particular with topics of technological evolution, such as students, managers, policymakers, etc. are able to see this text as a starting point to understand the complex processes, characteristics, properties and relationships of the evolution of technology and technological change in society. Finally, this book’s strengths and weaknesses are the responsibility of author.
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