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The Japanese Enterprise System: Competitive Strategies and Cooperative Structures

W. Mark Fruin


Four streams of inquiry and interpretation are merged in a study of the evolution and emergence of Japan's 200 leading industrial firms during the twentieth century. First, the book is a study of how the industrial institutions of modern Japan appeared and matured. Second, it looks at the basic forms of social interaction and economic organization in Japan. Third, the book is a development study of how circumstances of rapid technical and economic change have shaped the Japanese business system. Finally, it is a study of how Japanese managers have responded to and shaped those circumstances. T ... More

Keywords: business competition, business emergence, business models, competitive strategies, cooperative structures, economic development, economic organization, enterprise evolution, enterprise system, focal factories, industrial development, industrial institutions, industrial organization, interfirm networks, Japanese firms, late development, managerial choice, managerial hierarchy, multibusiness enterprise, organizational interdependence, social interaction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198288985
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198288980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. Mark Fruin, author
University of British Columbia
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