NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Maryellen Kelley

Senior Economist
Office of Economic Assessment
Advanced Technology Program
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Tel: 301-975-4759; Maryellen.Kelley@nist.gov

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March 1998The Institutional Context and Manufacturing Performance: The Case of the U.S. Defense Industrial Network
with Cynthia R. Cook: w6460
U.S. manufacturing firms that make sophisticated weapons systems for the Pentagon are subject to an unusual regulatory regime that obligates them to volunteer' information on their business practices to the government and to prime contractors as a condition of their special relationship with the government. Within this organizational community information sharing with and assistance to other firms have come to be viewed as an ordinary obligation - i.e., a condition of citizenship. This cooperative learning environment is indicative of a collaborative manufacturing network that enables member organizations to learn quickly about relevant process technology innovations and to implement them effectively. We find that defense contractors learn about information technology applications more q...
 
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