Advancing the Enterprise System

W. Mark Fruin

in The Japanese Enterprise System

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

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 Advancing the Enterprise System

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This chapter looks at the evolving enterprise system from the 1950s to the 1980s. It argues that the inter‐organizational model of focal factories, unitary firms, and interfirm networks remained the dominant industrial organization model in spite of significant changes in industrial relations, ownership, government policies, and sources of technology. The different sections of the chapter look at large modern corporations from 1954 to 1987, social transformation and shop‐floor reformation, the adaptive as opposed to the innovative enterprise, structural change, and the post‐war strategy of Matsushita and Hitachi, organizational interdependence (enterprise groups) in post‐war Japan (the six main types of interfirm groupings, and new enterprise groups), the utility of interfirm networks, and the modern corporation and enterprise system.

Keywords: business models; enterprise groups; enterprise system; focal factories; history; history; interfirm networks; inter‐war enterprises; Japanese corporation; Japanese firms; organization models; organizational interdependence; post‐war enterprises; shop‐floor reformation; social transformation; unitary firms

Chapter.  20851 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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