This overview of flexible automation, CAD/CAM and computer-integrated manufacturing provides an up to date and comprehensive assessment of the diffusion of these new engineering techniques on a global scale. Based on a wealth of empirical information the theoretical discussion focuses on the economics of new technology and its impact on competitiveness and employment. The authors are able to discuss the rate of progress toward the fully integrated factory in both developed and developing nations. The database they have assembled gives a global picture of technology diffusion and the uneven path to total automation. For those studying this key topic, as well as managers and engineers, it should be essential reading.
Edquist, C., and Jacobsson, S. (1988). Flexible Automation – The Global Diffusion of New Technology in the Engineering Industry. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 227 pp.