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Transfer of European technologies and their adaptations: the case of the Bengal silk industry in the late-eighteenth century

Hutková, Karolina (2017) Transfer of European technologies and their adaptations: the case of the Bengal silk industry in the late-eighteenth century. Business History, 59 (7). pp. 1111-1135. ISSN 0007-6791

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1288723

Abstract

This article investigates the adaptations of Italian silk technologies to the environment of Bengal. The case is particularly interesting as the English East India Company (EEIC) invested considerable effort into making the technologies operational in the new climatic and socio-economic context. The article highlights the unequal focus on technical adaptations, although it points out that commercial and economic, and social adaptations were not completely neglected. It concludes that the key obstacle for the commercial success of the transferred technologies was the lack of attention to institutional adaptations. Institutional problems that arose were the result of lack of leadership and managerial innovations on the part of the company rather than the technology itself.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/fbsh20
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2017 12:04
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69819

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