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Convergence, Competition, Evolution

William V. Rapp

in Information Technology Strategies

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148138
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148138.003.0005
Convergence, Competition, Evolution

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Although several companies from the United States, Japan, and Europe, are highly benefiting from IT use and development, this chapter observes that the path that these companies and their competitive environments are somehow experiencing convergence as it is realized that a firm's geographical base is seemingly unrelated to how the firm's IT practices. Unlike the firms in the United States and in Europe that utilize more customized software to strengthen their competitive value, IT users in Japan utilize semicustomization or packaged software which they heavily customize with their own proprietary systems. This chapter attempts to analyze the dynamics of IT use in Japan, how this has evolved, and how IT strategies in Japan may have been affected by such evolutions.

Keywords: Japan; semicustomization; IT use; customized software; packaged software; convergence

Chapter.  2801 words. 

Subjects: Knowledge Management

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