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Gaining a Leading Edge or Leaving a Bleeding Tail

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/9780195148138.003.0013
Gaining a Leading Edge or Leaving a Bleeding Tail

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It is crucial for a firm to realize that IT should be utilized creatively to improve its operations whether the company is providing a service or manufacturing products. The firms illustrated in the book, which are mainly either Level 2 or Level 3 IT users, continue to come up with improved strategies for enhancing their competitive advantage and to make the competitive environment in their industries better. In the “new” economy, all players in the market have to realize that the basic strategies are still to be practiced. Also, this book has shown firms in Japan have learned how to modify their corporate cultures in such a way that adapts to the changing times and the technological advances while still keeping some attributes of a “traditional” Japanese firm. This concluding chapter summarizes the important points that the book has extracted from the presented case studies.

Keywords: IT; creative use; improved strategies; competitive advantage; Japanese firms; new economy; basic strategies; case studies

Chapter.  5201 words. 

Subjects: Knowledge Management

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