Networks of Innovation: Vaccine Development at Merck, Sharp and Dohme, and Mulford, 1895-1995

by Louis Galambos (Author), Jane Eliot Sewell (Contributor)

Editorial Reviews

"...this is a most impressive work....superb at showing the requisites for
successful vaccine innovation. It provides outside observers rare insight into
decision making processes at a leading pharmaceutical firm." Marvin Fischbaum,
H-Net Reviews

"Galambos and Sewell's well-documented book is a valuable and unusual
contribution to the history of specialized pharmaceutical endeavor in America,
with emphasis on the networking required on the long road leading to each new
vaccine." Glenn Sonnedecker, American Historical Review

"...best described by its subtitile because of the narrow focus on the
chronological history of Merck's vaccine unit." Book Reviews

"It is beautifully written." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Rigorously researched and crisply written, Networks of Innovation....makes a
strong case for science-based firms' building and sustaining organizational
capabilities to achieve technological innovation as well as to accomodate
shifting competitive and regulatory environments." David B. Sicilia, The Journal
of American History

"Networks of Innovation deserves a careful and thoughtful reading by historians
of technology because it shows how it is possible to analyze effectively the
role of individuals in the process of technological change without losing the
insights and rigor that come from sociological and economic theory." W. Bernard
Carlson, Technology and Culture

Product Description
Networks of Innovation offers a historical perspective on the manner in which
private sector organizations have acquired, sustained, and periodically lost the
ability to develop, manufacture, and market new serum antitoxins and vaccines.
The primary focus is on the H. K. Mulford Company, on Sharp & Dohme, which
acquired Mulford in 1929, and on Merck & Co., Inc., which merged with Sharp &
Dohme in 1953. By surveying a century of innovation in biologicals, the authors
show how the activities of these three commercial enterprises were related to a
series of complex, evolving networks of scientific, governmental, and medical
institutions in the United States and abroad.

Product Details

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 13, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 052162620X



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