The Public Interest

I. The Gap Is Not Technological

Theodore Levitt

Summer 1968

THE curious thing about many discussions of the alleged technological gap between Europe and the United States is how little they actually say about technology. There is a sharp focus on science and the brain drain; technology gets only derivative attention. Nothing is more characteristic of this curious habit than Robert Gilpin’s article in The Public Interest, No. 10 (Winter 1968). Its title was “European Disunion and the Technology Gap.” The analysis dwelt almost entirely on science. The result was predictably and gravely incorrect conclusions.

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