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Business Networks in Postwar Japan: Whither the <i>Keiretsu</i>?

James R. Lincoln and Masahiro Shimotani

in The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199552863
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199552863.003.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Business Networks in Postwar Japan: Whither the Keiretsu?

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The purpose of this article is to discuss the postwar Japanese keiretsu. In the face of powerful forces of institutional and economic change, the groups have “withered away,” such that they no longer constitute a significant topographic feature of the Japanese economic landscape, despite having been one from the 1950s to the early 2000s. The review of the keiretsu presented here is largely retrospective. This article gives an overview of the horizontal and vertical keiretsu; how they differed from business groups in other countries; where they came from; how they were structured; their benefits and liabilities for individual firms and the Japanese economy as a whole; why they have largely died out; and whether they—the vertical groups in particular—might be revived.

Keywords: postwar Japanese keiretsu; Japanese economic landscape; business groups; firms; Japanese economy

Article.  10535 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; International Business

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