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Bridging Islands: Venture Companies and the Future of Japanese and American Industry

Robert Kneller


The innovative strength of the world's two largest economies, the United States and Japan, are based on two different forms of industrial and social organization. For the United States, venture companies play a key role in technical and economic progress, while in Japan they have only a minor role. This book argues that without vibrant new high technology companies, Japanese industry will decline inexorably. At the same time, if the favourable yet delicate environment in America is undermined, America will face collapse of its innovative and economic strength. Japan has done much to improve it ... More

Keywords: United States, Japan, industrial organization, social organization, high technology, university-industry relations, venture companies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Kneller, author
Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo