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Industrial espionage
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Industrial espionage is a form of technology transfer with the declared goal of seeking out and then implementing new technologies; specifically, it comprises illegal forms of such activity [11. 289]. The empirical character of technology and the high value placed on experience meant that fact-finding efforts primarily targeted establishments managing innovative technologies or directly participating in their production [8. 125 f.]. There was already a long trad…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Industrial espionage”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021369>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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