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The Tale of the Scale: An Odyssey of Invention

Solly Angel

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195158687
eISBN:
9780199849826
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158687.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

In the mid-1980s, the author had a technological mini-vision. He saw in his mind's eye a quarter-inch thick personal scale weighing a pound, a travel scale, and he decided to make it a reality, to ... More


The Organization of Innovation

TOM BURNS and G. M. STALKER

in The Management of Innovation

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198288787
eISBN:
9780191684630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288787.003.0002
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation, Organization Studies

This chapter discusses technical progress and social change and the role of innovation. It underlines the importance of the institutional context of industrial innovation and points out the ways in ... More


Mechanistic and Organic Systems of Management

TOM BURNS and G. M. STALKER

in The Management of Innovation

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198288787
eISBN:
9780191684630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288787.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation, Organization Studies

This chapter reviews the more general considerations which support the view that effective organization of industrial resources, even when considered in its rational aspects alone, does not ... More


Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry

Frederick Dalzell

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042567
eISBN:
9780262258708
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

Over the course of a little less than twenty years, inventor Frank J. Sprague (1857–1934) achieved an astonishing series of technological breakthroughs—from pioneering work in self-governing motors ... More


Introduction: Technology and Innovation at the Turn of a Century

Frederick Dalzell

in Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042567
eISBN:
9780262258708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the career of American inventor Frank J. Sprague. The book tells a story of innovation at a time when innovation became the ... More


Motive Powers and Mechanisms

Frederick Dalzell

in Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042567
eISBN:
9780262258708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.003.0002
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter examines the motivations and inspirations behind Frank Sprague's inventions. It provides information on Sprague's family and educational background, and highlights the influence of the ... More


Getting Traction, 1884 to 1888: Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company and the Richmond Union Passenger Railway

Frederick Dalzell

in Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042567
eISBN:
9780262258708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.003.0003
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter examines Frank Sprague's inventions and business ventures during the period from 1884 to 1888. It discusses Sprague's founding of the Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company (SERM) in ... More


Mainline Electrification: Eminence and the Challenges of “Retirement”

Frederick Dalzell

in Engineering Invention: Frank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042567
eISBN:
9780262258708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.003.0008
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter examines Frank Sprague's engineering invention activities after the General Electric (GE) Company had acquired his Sprague Electric Company and the patents for his multiple-unit (MU) ... More


Was There a White-Heat Moment of Invention?

Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo

in Cash and Dash: How ATMs and Computers Changed Banking

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198782810
eISBN:
9780191825965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198782810.003.0002
Subject:
Business and Management, Finance, Accounting, and Banking

Chapter 2 (‘Was There a White-Heat Moment of Invention?’) looks at the immediate predecessors of the cash machine in Japan and the USA, and also considers the genesis of the cash machine as a ... More


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