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Complexity, Cost Reduction and Productivity Improvement through History

Larsson, Mats LU and Nilsson, Carl-Henric LU (2007) In Challenges in the management of New Technologies 1. p.485-496
Abstract
History shows us that in the cost/performance ratio of any given product has decreased continuously. This may wrongly have led us to the conclusion that improvements can continue infinitely at the current pace. Our proposition is that we trust a mental picture that is not consistent with the future level of potential improvements in technology and business, which in turn has repercussions for societal change. This article draws on the theory of Tainter (1988) and it argues that recent developments in business may reverse the previous development towards increasing complexity, but it may still increase the risk of an economic collapse.
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limits to growth, cost benefit
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Challenges in the management of New Technologies
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Hörlesberger, Marianne; El-Nawawi, Mohamed and Khalil, Tarek
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485 - 496
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World Scientific
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9812708553
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English
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