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Technology as a system: industrial and technological systems

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As technology is one of the main forces in an economy, many studies attempt to open this "black box" and understand how it functions. In this paper, I discuss the benefits of examining technology as a system and emphasise the linkage between industrial structure and technologies. After reviewing the theoretical discussions, I highlight the need for an empirical method to identify technology as a system. From a public policy point of view there are many benefits arising from the exploration of the relationship between industries and technologies in a framework called "industrial and technological system".

Keywords: economic development, innovation, industrial policy, systems, technology policy

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