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Recovering from Success: Innovation and Technology Management in Japan

D. Hugh Whittaker and Robert E. Cole


How did Japan fall from challenger to US hegemonic leadership in the high tech industries in the 1980s to stumbling giant by the turn of the last century? What did it do about it? This book examines the challenges faced by Japan's high tech companies through successful emulation of some of their key practices by foreign competitors and the emergence of new competitive models linked to open innovation and modular production. High tech companies were slow to respond, relying at first on formulae which had worked in the past, but in a new environment, some of these traditional strengths had now b ... More

Keywords: Japanese innovation system, competitive challenges, MOT movement, high tech, universities, knowledge management, reformed Japanese model, dual innovation system

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297320
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Hugh Whittaker, editor
Director for the Institute for Technology, Enterprise, and Competitiveness, and Professor, Doshisha University Business School, Japan
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Robert E. Cole, editor
Omron Professor of Technology Management, Doshisha Business School, Japan, and Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley, US
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1 Introduction

Robert E. Cole and D. Hugh Whittaker

Part 1 Industries, technologies, and value chains

Part 2 MOT in and between enterprises

9 Rethinking innovation1

Eiichi Yamaguchi

Part 3 Transforming Japan's innovation system

15 Technology management training in Japan: Government initiatives and their effects

Atsushi Kaneko, Yoshi-fumi Nakata and Muneaki Yokoyama

17 Conclusions and reflections: Emergent models

D. Hugh Whittaker and Robert E. Cole

End Matter