INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY- a study in contradictions

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INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY- a study in contradictions. Its importance and pervasiveness are universally accepted features of our world. National security Economic power and competitive position National development –standard of living and quality of life
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INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY- a study in contradictions
  • Its importance and pervasiveness are universally accepted features of our world.
  • National security
  • Economic power and competitive position
  • National development –standard of living and quality of life
  • Technology is the principal source of innovation and the key to success and survival.
  • Our effectiveness in generation and exploiting technology is acause for continuing concern.
  • How effective are we?
  • Have we improved over the past years?
  • Are we not as effective as we were?
  • Relatively
  • comparatively
  • Countercurrents of concern regarding technology acause for continuing concern.
  • Technology is not an unmixed blessing, it must be guided and constrained lest its capacity for harm get out of hand.
  • And yet ... acause for continuing concern.
  • We question management’s commitment to adequate support.
  • We fear too much emphasis on the short term.
  • We worry about management’s competence in managing technology.
  • Aknowledgments of technology acause for continuing concern.
  • In war
  • In business
  • International competitiveness
  • Of the individual enterprise
  • Of a specific nation
  • Of international groups
  • Context: internal dynamics vs. External dynamics
  • Forbes – XVIIth Anniversary acause for continuing concern.
  • Status of 100 larges U.S. Companies in 1917
  • 78% dropout The fragil and transitory nature of technological advantage is now accepted as possibly the most important source of competitive decline.
  • Attributes of technology that provoke anxiety acause for continuing concern.
  • Technology is rigorous and esoteric.
  • Technology is usually associated with innovation, which is a complex, poorly understood process that is fraught with risk and uncertainty.
  • Until recently technology has been almost invisible in business school curricula as well as in management development programs.
  • Technical schools believe they already lack sufficient time to give engineers or scientists the basic substantive knowledge they need without diverting time to management considerations.
  • The purpose of the book business school curricula as well as in management development programs.
  • It attempts a balanced treatment of a subject that is usually presented from a narrower perspective, e.g.,
  • innovation
  • R & D
  • Productivity
  • New ventures
  • 3 Responses to Technology Management Challenges business school curricula as well as in management development programs.
  • What’s wrong?
  • At the national level
  • At the individual level -managers
  • Management bashing
  • -no more short-sighted, lack vision managers
  • New managers to wield a machete – to hack away at unproductive assets and people that business can no longer afford.
  • The principle incentive ... business school curricula as well as in management development programs.
  • To show that we need a more comprehensive, more systems-oriented view of technology
  • What it is
  • How it fits in with other activities in a business
  • What role it should play in a successful enterprise
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