Dynamic and Structured Interdependence

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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 Dynamic and Structured Interdependence

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In this concluding chapter, the historical underpinnings of the Japanese enterprise system are reviewed and the dynamic nature of the structural and strategic adjustments between factory, firm, and interfirm network are emphasized. The Japanese enterprise system, it is argued, is an inter‐organizational innovation of local design, major significance, and global proportion. The different sections of the chapter discuss the making of the Japanese enterprise system, the corporation and its environment, the bases for coalition‐building, the theoretical implications of interorganizational cooperation, hierarchical origins and outcomes, order and reciprocity in interdependence, the development and evolution of the Japanese enterprise system, and the divergent development of firms in Japan and the West.

Keywords: coalition‐building; enterprise system; hierarchy; history; institutional environment; interfirm network; interorganizational cooperation; Japan; Japanese firms; order; organizational interdependence; reciprocity; theory; Western firms

Chapter.  12259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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