Technology Lesson 3 Technological Innovation and Global Competition
  
 
 
 
Technology Lesson 3 Technological Innovation and Global Competition

Overview
Students examine why some societies embrace technological development and how they successfully stimulate that innovation.  Students identify the potential implications of a nation’s failure to encourage technological innovation.

Relevant Learning Objectives
1. Examine the dynamics behind technological innovation and globalization

Procedure 

Possible Classroom Activities

  • Technology Lesson 3 2001 Space Odyssey Activity (0) Show the opening clip: 2001: A Space Odyssey Recut: The Dawn of Man and discuss how this clip is relevant to society today.
  • Technology Lesson 3 Socio-cognitive Perspective (0) Students will need time to grasp this perspective. One way for students to grasp this theory is to have them doodle the concepts while you are explaining, and then have the student share their doodles as a way to illustrate the concept.
  • Technology Lesson 3 Technology Development Theories (0) Compare and contrast theories on why some societies embrace technologies and are able to stimulate their development and others cannot (or do not). This activity can be done in a frontal style or in small group discussions. Because the readings are long, students should read one of the readings and then contribute to the group ...
  • Technology Lesson 3 China Case-Study (0) Examine the role of the Chinese government in stimulating innovation. This activity can be done in a frontal style or in small group discussions.
  • Technology Lesson 3 Discussion of Patents (0) Discuss the role of patents in encouraging innovation and technological development. Enriquez and Stiglitz pieces offer competing perspectives. This activity can be done in a frontal style or in small group discussions. Students can read one of the readings and then contribute to the group discussion based on that reading.
  • Technology Lesson 3 Discussion on Demand and Technology (0) How does the theory of demand compare to other innovation factors (patents, government policy, culture, etc..) This activity can be done in a frontal style or in small group discussions.
  • Technology Lesson 3 Reflection (0) Compare and contrast how different players and policies contribute to the evolution of technology: entrepreneurs, firms/companies, audience/ end users, and governments.

Resources

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey Recut: The Dawn of Man. (April 2, 2010). Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9E4f0AanBE
  • Adner, Ron and Levinthal, Daniel. (2001 May). Demand Heterogeneity and Technology Evolution:  Implications for Product and Process Innovation. In Management Science, 47 #5, 611-628.
  • Buchanan, R.A.  (1992). Technology and the State. In The Power of the Machine: The Impact of Technology From 1700 to the Present (216-235). New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
  • Diamond, Jared (1999). Necessity’s Mother: The Evolution of Technology. In Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies.  (239-264). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
  • Edgerton, David. (2007). Nations. In The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900 (103-137). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Enriquez, Juan. (2001). Technology, Gene Research, and National Competitiveness, in Solbrig, Otto et al. eds. Globalization and the Rural Environment. (225-254). Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Garud, Raghu and Pappa, Michael A. (1994 August). A Socio-Cognitive Model of Technology Evolution:  the Case of Cochlear Implants. In Organizational Science, 5 #3, 344-362. Retrieved from: http://www.archive.org/details/sociocognitivemo00garu.
  • Shenkar, Oded. (2006, January 19).Learning from China’s Export Boom. In Bloomberg Business Week.  Retrieved from: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2006/tc20060119_322122.htm
  • Stiglitz, Joseph. (2006) Patents, Profits, and People. In Making Globalization Work (103-132). New York: W.W. Norton.
  • Technology Lesson 3 Powerpoint

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