Review of Industrial Organization 19: 121–123, 2001. Book Review Sources of Industrial Leadership: Studies of Seven Industries, David C. Mowery and Richard R. Nelson, editors. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 401 pages, $59.95 (hardback), $22.95 (paperback). This book offers a thorough examination of sources of industrial leadership through the study of seven industries. Semiconductors, computers, computer software, ma- chine tools, chemicals, pharmaceuticals (with molecular biology), and diagnostic devices comprise the group. Although the mix of industries is diverse, all seven industries share the common theme of having gained national leadership. The in- clusion of such a broad range of industries makes this book a real contribution to the literature on technological innovation. In the introductory chapter, Mowery and Nelson deﬁne the meaning of indus- trial leadership as those industries in which being ahead of ones’ competitors in product or process technology gives an advantage in world markets. They are not concerned with just technological innovation, but with industries that have translated their technological innovations into commercial successes. Mowery and Nelson also summarize the relevant issues of each industry study and explore four broad groups of questions regarding industrial leadership. After reading the sub- sequent seven industry chapters, one
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