Keeping pace with change: Organizational and technological imperatives

Ashoka Mody, Rajan Suri, Jerry Sanders

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


Manufacturing processes worldwide are being reconfigured by organizational innovations pioneered by the Japanese and by microelectronics-based technologies. We developed a cost model that simulated "factories" with several variations in production practices and technologies used. The results show that in a period of rapid technical change significant productivity differences can emerge between competing firms, even in "mature" sectors; these differences are amplified if learning across innovations is cumulative. The implications for developing countries are that efforts within the firm at organizational change need to be supplemented by close international relationships and appropriate infrastracture; a passive trust in the product cycle could be unhelpful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1797-1816
Number of pages20
JournalWorld Development
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


Dive into the research topics of 'Keeping pace with change: Organizational and technological imperatives'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this