The Japanese Firm: Sources of Competitive Strength / Edition 1

The Japanese Firm: Sources of Competitive Strength / Edition 1

by Masahiko Aoki
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198292155

ISBN-13: 9780198292159

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Masahiko Aoki and Ronald Dore have edited an authoritative account of the Japanese firm and its sources of success, including contributions from some of the best, and best known, scholars in the field. The book represents an attempt to explain and understand aspects of the firm in the Japanese economic system, and to explain the corporate success of Japan. It is…  See more details below

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Masahiko Aoki and Ronald Dore have edited an authoritative account of the Japanese firm and its sources of success, including contributions from some of the best, and best known, scholars in the field. The book represents an attempt to explain and understand aspects of the firm in the Japanese economic system, and to explain the corporate success of Japan. It is interdisciplinary in approach, containing both theoretical and empirical work, and has contributions from the fields of labour economics, comparative institutional analysis, information economics, finance, organization theory, economic history, political science, and sociology. Chapters range from contemporary descriptions - of training (in overseas subsidaries as well as in Japan), of R & D structures, of product development practices, of finance and corporate governance, of trading relations, especially between small and large firms - to an historical overview of the evolution of Japanese management in the wartime planned economy. The book also situates Japan in the literature of economic analysis and in the on-going debate about trade-offs between equality and efficiency. It is held together by a strong introductory chapter by the editors. But is the Japanese system of management - characterised by lifetime employment, emphasis on the long-term, slow consensual decision making, heavy investments in training, R & D, and quality, close inter-enterprise ties, and short rations for shareholders - all in crisis and about to change fundamentally, as the contemporary media would have us believe? This book will enable the reader to decide just how solid the foundations of the Japanese enterprise system are, and to identify the rationale which lies behind it.

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ISBN-13:
9780198292159
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
9.19(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.95(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Japanese Firm as a System of Attributes: A Survey and Research Agenda11
2Learning and Incentive Systems in Japanese Industry41
3Different Quality Paradigms and their Implications for Organizational Learning66
4Training, Productivity, and Quality Control in Japanese Multinational Companies84
5Co-ordination between Production and Distribution in a Globalizing Network of Firms: Assessing Flexibility Achieved in the Japanese Automobile Industry117
6The Evolution of Japan's Industrial Research and Development154
7R&D Organization in Japanese and American Semiconductor Firms178
8SMEs, Entry Barriers, and 'Strategic Alliances'209
9Japanese Human Resource Management from the Viewpoint of Incentive Theory233
10Co-ordination, Specialization, and Incentives in Product Development Organization265
11The Economic Role of Corporate Grouping and the Main Bank System285
12Interlocking Shareholdings and Corporate Governance in Japan310
13The Japanese Find under the Wartime Planned Economy350
14Equality-Efficiency Trade-offs: Japanese Perceptions and Choices379
Index393

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