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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2006

HIS 350L • Innovation in US Economy-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38855 -TBA


Course Description

Innovation in technology, marketing, and business organizations has been critical to the development of the U.S. economy. In this course, students will assess major innovations associated with the evolution of the U.S. economy, such as the coming of mass production and the branding of goods. Students will also examine different models or frameworks through which to view innovation. One model is the entrepreneur, but scholars have developed other frameworks, such as the character of networks, the role of intermediaries, the presence of technological clusters and the contributions of government liaisons.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Grading Policy

Students will write eight short papers of two to three pages in length. Each paper will count 5% of a student's grade. Class discussion will count for 40% of a student's grade. A research paper of 10 to 12 pages in length will count for 20% of a student's grade.


David Hounshell, From the American System to Mass Production - a study of the coming of mass production as well as the troubled entrepreneur, Henry Ford. Nancy Koehn, Brand New: How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers' Trust from Wedgwood to Dell. Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., My Years with General Motors - the autobiography of the influential manager and leader of General Motors during its rise to power. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations A. Saxenian, Regional Advantage -- on the computer industry Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Insider Lending - a study of merchant-bankers who initiated the industrial development of New England during the early 19th century. Arthur L. Norberg and Judy O'Neill, Transforming Computer Technology - a study of the role of a government agency inside the Defense Department in promoting key aspects of the computer industry.


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