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Visions of Innovation: The Firm and Japan

Martin Fransman


Innovation is the most important force driving economic change. But what drives innovation? In this book, it is argued that the beliefs that shape the way in which people, correctly or incorrectly, ‘see’ their world––i.e. their ‘visions’ of the world––are an important determinant of the innovation process. Visions are particularly important in those cases in which the decision‐making context is ‘fuzzy’––referred to here as situations of interpretive ambiguity––so that the decision‐taker is not certain what to infer. The book begins with an acclaimed critical survey of theories of the firm by s ... More

Keywords: companies, decision‐making, economic theory, firms, globalization, government policy, innovation, institutions, Japan, knowledge, vision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198289359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Fransman, author
Institute for Japanese-European Technology Studies (JETS), Edinburgh
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