Accession Number : ADP001475

Title :   Comparative Advantages in Microelectronics,

Corporate Author : CENTRE FOR EDUCATION IN INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT GENEVA (SWITZERLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Rada,Juan F.

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The initial point of departure for analyzing comparative advantages in microelectronics is to make certain explicit assumptions. First, technology changes conditions but does not determine comparative advantages. Secondly, the entire industrial infrastructure is becoming increasingly abstract, based upon technologies and guided by science. Thirdly, the all-pervasive characteristics of information technology will affect to different degrees of industries and productive activities. This comprehensive technology simultaneously affects: Production - Products and Processes, Structured and unstructured office work, services and information flows. Finally, production (in the general sense of transformation of nature and not only manufacturing) is becoming more and more a product of capital rather than labor. Current technological changes and the advent of a comprehensive information technology call for re-conceptualisation of development strategies beyond mere implementation of informatic policies. This re-conceptualization should consider that informatics will profoundly affect the productive infrastructure and the international division of labour.

Descriptors :   *Microelectronics, *Information processing, *Industries, *Economic analysis, Economics, Industrial engineering, Industrial production, Technology transfer, Information transfer, Microprocessors, Microcomputers, Computer applications, User needs, Research management, Costs, Investments, Offshore structures, Labor, Developing nations, Employment, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE