Cooperation, Technology, And Japanese Development

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Japan is an example of what is known as a “latecomer” in industrial development. Drawing on case studies of computer and telecommunications and related firms, Donna Doane investigates how intra- and inter-industry cooperation between public and private enterprises pushed rapid technological advancement in Japan. The book places such interlinkage in the context of a historical evolution, starting with prewar industrial house groupings that helped link indigenous and external ideas and form an integrated technological base.Doane focuses mainly on the postwar, catch-up period from the 1960s through the 1980s in which three characteristics associated with late development are examined: multistructured industry, family-based industrial networks, and a distinct government-industry relationship. Implications of the cooperative structure are drawn for other advanced industrial as well as developing countries, where flexible technological networks could help individual enterprises overcome the limitations of isolated organization to survive rapid economic changes.
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Focusing mainly on the postwar catchup period in Japan from the 1960s to the 80s, this volume investigates how intra- and inter- industry cooperation between public and private enterprises facilitated rapid technological advancement. Multistructured industry, family-based industrial networks and government industry relationships are all examined, in addition to recent examples of cooperative structure in other Asian late developing economies such as the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, and India. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813337371
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Transitions--Asia and Asian America Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna L. Doane teaches in the Department of Economics at State University of New York at Cortland.
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Table of Contents

1 The Background of Inter-Enterprise Cooperative Ties in Japan 1
2 The Use of Inter-Enterprise Ties in the Development of the Computer and Telecommunications Industry in Japan 31
3 Cooperation Between Firms in the Same Industry: Case Studies Involving Applied Research 57
4 Cooperation Between Firms in the Same Industry: Case Studies Involving Relatively Basic (or "Fundamental") Research 91
5 Cooperation Between Firms in Different Industries for Purposes of Innovation, and Comparisons with Intra-Industry Research 115
6 Possible Implications for Other Late Developing Countries 145
Appendix 201
References 213
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