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Anytime, Anywhere
Entrepreneurship and the Creation of a Wireless World

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  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521398565

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  • Wireless entrepreneurs are transforming the way people live and work around the globe. In the process they have created some of the fastest growing companies on the planet. Anytime, Anywhere tells the story of the birth and explosion of cellular and wireless communications as seen through the eyes of one of the industry's pioneers, Sam Ginn. As deregulation and privatization swept the globe, Ginn and his team at AirTouch Communications fought for and won licenses on several continents. They built a successful business using strategic partnerships and joint ventures and demonstrated a new model for global entrepreneurship in an information-based economy. Louis Galombos is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He has written numerous books and articles on entrepreneurship, innovation and regulation, including Networks of Innovation (Cambridge, 1996) and The Rise of the Corporate Commonwealth (Basic, 1989), He is President of the Business History Group. Eric Abrahamson is Principal Historian with The Prologue Group. His research has dealt with telecommunications, banking and regulation in California.

    • Tells the story of the birth and explosion of cellular and wireless communications
    • Focuses on Air Touch Communications - now part of the largest wireless business in the world
    • Pertinent and timely study of an industry with increasing relevance to business historians
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...brilliant..." American Historical Review

    "A very useful and crisply-written case study." Catholic Biblical Quarterly

    "The book provides a fascinating case study in 'alliance entrepreneurship' and the modern blending of technology and cross-border capital." Foreign Affairs

    "Anyone interested in the cellular history (i.e., technological or biographical) should read this book.... This reviewer found the book exciting and packed with historical tidbits that make the history of these devices come alive, much as Tracy Kidder's "The Soul of a New Machine"R (1981) did for the computer revolution by focusing on the management of technology.... Recommended for practitioners and interested general readers and for academic collections, lower-division undergraduate and up." Choice

    "In conclusion, Anytime, Anywhere gives a clear, reliable, and historically informed description of one of the central corporate stories of the wireless telephony industry, an important area unexplored by historians....the book will give the reader with no previous knowledge a clear idea of the crucial business and technological shifts in the industry." Business History Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521398565
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Bidding for the future of a wireless world
    2. From deep traditions
    3. California miseries
    4. Birth of a wireless world
    5. First mover advantages
    6. Innocents abroad
    7. Margaret Thatcher's revolution
    8. Separating from the past
    9. Creating Air Touch
    10. The wireless explosion begins
    11. A call from across the Atlantic
    12. Combining cultures and unfinished business
    13. The emergence of a global powerhouse
    14. A wireless world.

  • Authors

    Louis Galambos, The Johns Hopkins University

    Eric John Abrahamson, The Prologue Group

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