One of their most recent publications is Design and competition in engineering☆. Which was published in journal Long Range Planning.

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Roy Rothwell's Articles: (5)

Design and competition in engineering☆

AbstractThis article considers the influence of good design as a factor in engineering innovation, and its effect on two sectors of industry in particular—agricultural implements and automobiles. In each case the authors point out how different aspects of design, or largely differing design philosophies, have had a marked influence on product performance and on competitive success.

The impact of regulation on innovation: Some U.S. data☆

AbstractData is presented on the impact of government regulation on the rate and direction of innovation in U.S. manufacturing and industry. Regulation has forced some innovation, be it compliance, but in most cases it has not stimulated radical technical change. Overall, evidence suggests that the impact of regulation on business innovation has been negative and that regulation has delayed and even prevented innovation in a number of areas.

The role of design in product and process change

AbstractInnovation in engineering design and manufacture is discussed with reference to the competitiveness of the UK industry. It is suggested that successful design is a dynamic process that must be adjusted and redefined continually to meet changing demands.

Refereed articlesEuropean technology policy evolution: convergence towards SMEs and regional technology transfer☆

AbstractThe paper briefly maps trends in public policies towards stimulating industrial technological change, from the largely uncoordinated ‘science policies’ and ‘industrial policies’ of the 1960s; to the more integrated ‘innovation policies’ of the 1970s; to the collaborative, pre-competitive research-based ‘technology policies’ of the 1980s. These changes were accompanied by increasing collaboration between government departments involved in the formulation and implementation of S&T policies. More recently within Europe (and beyond), policy emphasis has been on the technological strengthening of the so-called development regions, largely through the enhancement and creation of regional technology transfer infrastructures, and on intensifying efforts to assist the innovatory endeavours of SMEs. National programmes within Europe have been paralleled by programmes of the European Commission in Brussels.

Main paperTechnology, structural change and manufacturing employment☆

AbstractThis paper essentially offers a structuralist interpretation of the current unemployment crisis. It argues that while demand is, of course, important, prescriptions couched solely in terms of demand are insufficient. In particular it emphasises the role of technology in the structural changes that have taken place in the relationship between manufacturing output and employment during the post war era. As the ‘new’ post war industries have matured, the nature of innovation has changed from a focus on product change to one of process rationalisation. During the past decade, in which many of the new industries have moved into a situation of market saturation, manufacturing productivity increase has outstripped demand growth and manufacturing employment has declined.

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