Small Firms and Innovation Policy in Japan

Small Firms and Innovation Policy in Japan

by Cornelia Storz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 041536812X

ISBN-13: 9780415368124

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This new book discusses the extent to which the Japanese economy encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Although Japan has a strong reputation as an innovator, some people argue that this reputation is misplaced. Contrary to earlier expectations, the USA rather than Japan emerged as the leader in the biotech industries in the 1990s, and also many small

Overview

This new book discusses the extent to which the Japanese economy encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Although Japan has a strong reputation as an innovator, some people argue that this reputation is misplaced. Contrary to earlier expectations, the USA rather than Japan emerged as the leader in the biotech industries in the 1990s, and also many small firms in Japan supply only a few – or just one – other company, thereby limiting their view of the marketplace and the commercial opportunities within it. Despite the increase of international patents, international scientific citations and a positive technology trade balance, the Japanese innovation system is weak in giving birth to radical innovations.

The book explores fully these issues, making comparisons with other countries where appropriate. It concludes that the Japanese innovation system has both advantages and disadvantages and contributes to a better understanding of how policy changes take place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415368124
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Routledge Contemporary Japan Series, #5
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     vii
List of tables     ix
Notes on contributors     xi
Small firms and innovation policy in Japan: an introduction   Cornelia Storz     1
Shift in policy changes     11
How do we formulate policies? The problem of defining policies and their evaluation   Lambert T. Koch     13
Japanese science and technology policy in transition: from catch-up orientation to frontrunner orientation   Martin Hemmert     33
Innovation policy for SME in Japan: the case of technology transfer centres   Klaus Ruth     56
Cognitive models and economic policy: the case of Japan   Cornelia Storz     82
The shift in entrepreneurial behaviour in SMEs     109
Restructuring the Japanese national biotechnology innovation system: prospects and pitfalls   Reiko Kishida   Leonard H. Lynn     111
Supplier system and innovation policy in Japan   Hiroshi Ueno   Takashi Murakoso   Takumi Hirai     137
Index     151

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