Asia's Computer Challenge: Threat or Opportunity for the United States and the World? / Edition 1

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How did the computer industry evolve into its present global structure? Why have some Asian countries succeeded more than others? Jason Dedrick and Kenneth L. Kraemer delve into these questions and emerge with an explanation of the rapid rise of the computer industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia's Computer Challenge makes a systematic comparison of the historical development of the computer industries of Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan and concludes that neither a plan versus market, nor a country versus company dichotomy fully explains the diversity found among these countries. The authors identify a new force—the emergence of a global production network. Reaching beyond specific companies and countries, this book explores the strategic implications for the Asian-Pacific countries and the United states. Now East Asia is faced with a challenge; they must make the move from low margin hardware business to high margin software and information businesses, while Americans must respond by maintaining leadership in standards, design, marketing, and business innovation.

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"...the work pulls together the diverse and...broadening Asian computer industry in a succinct and intelligent discussion. Its conclusions are well developed and documented and the results add significant value to the ongoing dialogue....The authors have done a magnificent job articulating a difficult and rapidly changing subject....This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it....Well written and documented this work will serve its readership well."—Journal of Asian Business

"Dedrick and Kraemer offer a sweeping empirical analysis of the rise of the computer industry in Asia. They bring to life one of the great challenges facing American technology companies in the years to come."—David B. Yoffie, Max & Doris Star Professor of International Business Administration, Harvard Business School

"In the paradigm shift of computer industries, Taiwan has caught the opportunities and become one of the major players. The in-depth study in the book provides an analysis which will help the readers to understand the trend in Asia as well as to face the future challenges of worldwide computer industries."—Stan Shih, Chairman and CEO, The Acer Group

"This book chronicles the competitive challenges faced by the American computer industry from Asia. It offers insights into the nature of competition between companies and countries in the network era. It is must reading for industry executives."— Charles Rieger, Principal, IBM Global Services

"This is a well-researched and highly impressive book containing a wealth of analysis and information on Asia's computer industry. It should be read by all those with an interest in the evolution of the global computer industry as well as those with a specific interest in the way this industry has developed in Asia."—Martin Fransman, Professor of Economics and Director, Institute for Japanese-European Technology Studies, University of Edinburgh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195122015
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/20/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
1. Competing in Computers
2. Globalization of the Computer Industry
3. Japan and the PC Revolution
4. Asia's New Competitors: Korea and Taiwan
5. Asia's New Competitors: Singapore and Hong Kong
6. Findings from the East Asian Experience
7. Lessons for Companies and Countries
8. Competing Computers in the Network Era

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