Patterns of Alliance Formation

Michael L. Gerlach

in Alliance Capitalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780520208896
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919105 | DOI:
Patterns of Alliance Formation

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This chapter analyzes the overall patterns of affiliation and alliance formation in the Japanese economy. It examines the processes of group expansion and the evolution of group affiliations over time, commonalities among keiretsu and independent firms and factors associated with group membership. The chapter describes the three key features of the alliance formation of Japanese businesses. These include the continually changing market opportunities that actors seek to appropriate and the considerable difference between actors' network positions and resulting market power.

Keywords: alliance formation; Japanese economy; group expansion; group affiliations; keiretsu; market opportunities; market power

Chapter.  14699 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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