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Visions of InnovationThe Firm and Japan$
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Martin Fransman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198289359.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Visions of Innovation

Martin Fransman (Contributor Webpage)

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Vision is the main theme of this book, and the introduction starts by discussing this concept, which is given a far more restricted meaning than that in general use: rather than using ‘vision’ to indicate creative foresight, which leads to getting things done correctly, the book conceptualizes it in terms of belief, which may lead to getting things done incorrectly (here referred to as vision failure). The further sections of the introduction discuss visions of the firm (addressed in Ch. 1), vision and the evolution of firms (addressed in Chs. 2–4), and vision and public policy‐making (addressed in Chs. 5–7). Within each section, an outline is given of the material covered in each chapter.

Keywords:   belief, companies, evolution of firms, firms, policy‐making, public policy‐making, vision, vision failure

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