Emerging Patterns of Innovation: Sources of Japan's Technological Edge

Emerging Patterns of Innovation: Sources of Japan's Technological Edge

by Fumio Kodama
     
 
For managers seeking to understand how Japan has sustained a premier position in high-technology industries, Fumio Kodama provides a model that sheds light on global technology competition. He examines the technology strategies of large Japanese firms, arguing that a new paradigm shift favors their strengths in demand articulation and technology fusion. Using rigorous

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For managers seeking to understand how Japan has sustained a premier position in high-technology industries, Fumio Kodama provides a model that sheds light on global technology competition. He examines the technology strategies of large Japanese firms, arguing that a new paradigm shift favors their strengths in demand articulation and technology fusion. Using rigorous scientific measurement, historical perspective, and in-depth case studies, he presents an analysis from which companies--and governments--can draw enduring lessons. Analyzing data gathered over ten years of intensive research and study of Japanese firms, he distinguishes six dimensions along which the paradigm shift is occurring: manufacturing, business diversification, R&D competition, product development, innovation pattern, and societal diffusion of technology. He illuminates his discussion of each dimension with a profile of specific technologies and the companies that have advanced them, including consumer electronics (Sony Toshiba), fiber optic cables (Sumitomo Electric), computers and communications equipment (NEC), machine tools (Fanuc), and automobile parts (Honda, Toyota, Nissan).

Editorial Reviews

David Rouse
Kodama's analysis shows that the Japanese have not, as some suggest, adapted their business, economic, and social systems to take maximum advantage of leading and changing technologies. Instead, he argues, these technologies intrinsically suit the Japanese. Kodama builds a model of how Japanese companies manage innovation and technological change; he identifies six areas where most change is occurring: manufacturing, diversification, research and development competition, product development, innovation pattern, and societal diffusion of technology. Kodama is a professor of science, technology, and industry at the University of Tokyo, and he has been a visiting professor at Stanford and at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Although the author is Japanese, his language is pure "bizschoolspeak" ; he writes of techno-paradigm shifts, demand articulation, knowledge creation, and upstream linkages. Kodama also includes rigorous mathematical analysis of data he has compiled for 10 years. Recommended for academic or major business collections.
Booknews
Combining scientific measurement, case studies, and historical perspective, Kodama illustrates the ways in which development, application, and commercialization of technology is changing manufacturing, business diversification, R&D competition, product development, innovation pattern, and societal diffusion of technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875844374
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Series:
Management of Innovation and Change
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.40(d)

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