Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
Elihu Thomson was a late-nineteenth-century American inventor who helped create the first electric lighting and power systems. One of the most prolific inventors in American history, Thomson was granted nearly 700 patents in a career spanning the 1880s to 1930s.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The cultivation of a scientific man
16
Learning the craft of invention
66
The Philadelphia partnership 18791880
109
Frustration in New Britain 18801883
146
Success in Lynn the ThomsonHouston Electric Company 18831892
203
Maintaining the organization product development at General Electric 18921900
271
Epilogue and conclusion
340
Index
363
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