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Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors

William B. Bonvillian and Charles Weiss


Resistance by vested interests to disruptive technological innovation limits growth, sustainability and the creation of quality jobs in more than two thirds of the US economy. While the United States has focused its innovation polices on breakthroughs that create frontier sectors like information technology and biotechnology, most of its economy is in legacy sectors defended by technological/economic/political/social paradigms that block competition from disruptive innovations that could challenge their models. This kills a major arena for innovation, affecting the bedrock of US competitivenes ... More

Keywords: legacy sector, manufacturing-led innovation, innovation policy, innovation organization, paradigm, national innovation environment, manufacturing, innovation context, jobless innovation, structural obstacles to innovation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199374519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William B. Bonvillian, author
Director, Washington DC office of the Massachusetts Institution of Technology, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Charles Weiss, author
Distinguished Professor of Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University