Growth Through Competition, Competition Through Growth: Strategic Management and the Economy in Japan

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This book examines two characteristics that lie at the core of Japanese management: growth pursuit--not by acquisitions--but by internal investments, as well as the intensive competition within and among Japanese firms. Odagiri also scrutinizes the manner in which these firms maintain flexibility and efficiency under the seemingly rigid system of "lifetime" employment. This work begins with an enquiry into the financial and human aspects of the firm, with particular emphasis on its human portion. The motivation, behavior, and organization of Japanese management as well as the consequences of the system on the Japan's industrial organization and economy are explored. Emphasis is placed on the fact that competition is at the center of the Japanese economy and management style to the same, if not greater, degree as in the West. It is this competition that is enhanced by the growth preference of the Japanese management style and is, in turn, that which makes growth possible.
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"This is a useful contribution to the rapidly expanding literature on the Japanese firm and economic system by one of Japan's leading industrial organization economists....It deserves to be widely read by those interested in the Japanese economic system and Japanese-related trade issues and by students of industrial organization and comparative institutional analysis."—Journal of Economic Literature

"Interesting and scholarly...well-written."—Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198288732
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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