W. Mark Fruin

in The Japanese Enterprise System

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198288985
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596285 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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The introduction discusses the rapid development of Japan's economy in the twentieth century and introduces firm‐level structural and strategic complements to it. Late development and an emphasis on technology acquisition, it is argued, result in competitive strategies and cooperative structures uniting factory, firm, and the interfirm network. The different sections look at the context of the Japanese enterprise system, compare it with other systems worldwide, analyse the important role of the highly successful corporation in modern Japan, and discuss the implications of the Japanese corporation for traditional firm theory and as a global business model.

Keywords: business models; business strategy; cooperative structures; economic development; enterprise system; factories; firm strategy; firm structure; firm theory; interfirm networks; Japanese corporation; technology acquisition

Chapter.  6856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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