Technology and Transformation in the American Electric Utility Industry

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After improving steadily for decades, the technology that brought unequalled productivity growth to the American electric utility industry appeared to stall in the late 1960s, making it impossible to mitigate the difficult economic and regulatory assaults of the 1970s. Unfortunately, most managers did not recognize the severity of the technological problems they faced and chose to focus instead on issues that appeared more manageable. Partly as a result of this lack of attention to technological issues, the industry found itself challenged by the prospects of deregulation and restructuring in the 1980s. This book focuses on the role of technological stagnation in the decline of the industry and argues that a long and successful history of managing a conventional technology set the stage for the industry's deterioration.

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This book focuses on the role of technological stagnation in the decline of the American electric utility industry in the late 1960s and 1970s. Professor Hirsh argues that a long and successful history of managing a conventional technology set the stage for the industry's deterioration.

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"Hirsh's well-documented argument about 'technological stasis' commands the attention of all concerned with what has gone wrong with America's power industry. Beyond this, his blend of managerial, technological, economic, and cultural analysis takes us to a new plateau of understanding." Thomas K. McCraw, Harvard Business School

"This book, with its cross-disciplinary theme of 'technological stasis,' offers an innovative and compelling explanation of the extraordinary problems that have befallen America's electric utilities. Regulators, utility managers, activist citizens, and historians will find an important analysis, as well as a good story." Richard H.K. Vietor, Harvard Business School

"...provides excellent documentation on problems associated with managing technology in a vital industry." S. Shapiro, University of New Haven, in Choice

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