The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Science Industries.
This is the story of two of the most significant technological transformations of the twentieth century, from a Pulitzer Prize-winning business historian.
In his new book, acclaimed historian Alfred Chandler recounts the history of the consumer electronics and computer businesses from a global perspective. It is clear that world wars, depressions, and cultural developments impacted twentieth-century economics profoundly, but very little is known about exactly when, where, and by whom computer and electronic technologies were initially commercialised . . . and how they were further transformed by changing markets.
In an innovative and authoritative interpretation, Chandler masterfully explains the rise of the Information Age, describing in detail the little-known role that IBM played in technology's evolution. At the same time, he recounts the collapse of RCA and the American electronics industry, and illustrates how Japan, not as down and out as everyone thinks, has completed its conquest of the global electronics market.
Insightful and balanced, this analysis of the history and direction of these two important industries will well serve managers and investors in today's growing high-technology fields.