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Recovering from SuccessInnovation and Technology Management in Japan$
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D. Hugh Whittaker and Robert E. Cole

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297320

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297320.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Recovering from Success

Robert E. Cole (Contributor Webpage)

D. Hugh Whittaker (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter first considers challenges to the ‘Japanese (productionist) model’ in the 1990s, particularly successful emulation of features of the Japanese model by competitors, and the emergence of new competitive models by specialized firms adopting modularization. Concern about these challenges and responses fed into the MOT (management of technology) movement at the turn of the century. The authors discuss the MOT Consortium, University-Industry-Policy Maker Summits, and monozukuri (productionist) initiatives, which seek to reshape the Japanese innovation system. They note that even fads can produce lasting and unanticipated change, as seen in the US quality movement of the 1980s. This discussion sets the stage for the following chapters, which are then summarized individually.

Keywords:   Japanese innovation system, technology management, MOT boom, fads, modularization, monozukuri, university-industry relations

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