National systems of innovation in the Japanese and American consumer electronics industries.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Bradley S. Sweatman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan Walcott

Abstract: Innovation is a hallmark of the consumer electronics industry as firms compete to capture greater shares in a competitive market. The culmination of such innovation recently promoted a trend toward digital convergence within the industry as products from the consumer electronics and computer industries incorporate similar characteristics and capabilities. As such, consumer electronics offers a unique perspective on the role of innovation and national systems of innovation within a technologically motivated industry. National systems of innovation are those systems within a state that promote innovation through educational institutions, technical or scientific institutions, cultural traditions, and government policies. Innovation’s link to economic prosperity and the knowledge base associated with innovative behavior confers a highly valuable competitive advantage for nations in an increasingly globalized world. Thus, the incorporation and promotion of national systems of innovation and the trend toward a digital convergence oriented market within the consumer electronics industry could allow American consumer electronics and computer firms the ability to level the balance of power in this heavily Japanese dominated industry. An industry innovation award is used to illustrate differences between Japanese and American firms as well as note the innovative capability of American firms.

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Language: English
Date: 2009
Consumer, Electronics, Geography, Innovation, Japan, United States
Household electronics $x Technological innovations.
Household electronics industry $x United States.
Household electronics industry $x Japan.
Technological innovations $x Government policy $x United States.
Technological innovations $x Government policy $x Japan.
Technological innovations $x Education (Higher)

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