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Japanese success? British failure? : comparisons in business performance since 1945 /
edited by Etsuo Abe and Terry Gourvish.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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xii, 288 p. : ill.
ISBN
0198290586
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
isbn
0198290586
catalogue key
1488369
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-09-01:
Based on papers first presented at a conference at the London School of Economics in 1994, the 12 essays in this volume compare the experiences of the Japanese and British economies since WW II. Written by leading Japanese and British economists and economic and business historians, the essays investigate the sources of Japanese economic success and address the question of relative British business decline. Arranged topically, eight essays examine relationships between government and business, the nature of business management, the education of workers and managers, and the financing of businesses in each nation. An additional four essays present case studies on the development of the automobile and electronics industries in Japan and Britain. Taken as a whole, this study downplays differences in the recent economic growth of the two nations, while providing fresh insights into the development of each. Endnotes to each essay will lead readers to many of the most up-to-date sources. Well written and very capably edited, this study should be of considerable interest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history. Recommended for graduate and faculty collections. M. Blackford Ohio State University
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'every reader of this stimulating book will find it thought-provoking ... The modesty of the authors should not be allowed to conceal the importance of the book. The first chapter contains a brilliant literature survey, a model of its kind.'Michael Z.Brooks, Journal of Asian Business, Vol.16, No.2, 2000
'every reader of this stimulating book will find it thought-provoking ...The modesty of the authors should not be allowed to conceal the importance ofthe book. The first chapter contains a brilliant literature survey, a model ofits kind.'Michael Z.Brooks, Journal of Asian Business, Vol.16, No.2, 2000
...the organisers were clearly correct in bringing together an impressive array of British and Japanese authorities who could contribute a range of new perspectives. - John Wilson. Accounting, Business and Financial History. 1998.Well written and very capably edited, this study should be ofconsiderable interest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history. Recommended for graduate and faculty collections. M Blackford. Choice. September 1998.
...the organisers were clearly correct in bringing together an impressivearray of British and Japanese authorities who could contribute a range of newperspectives. - John Wilson. Accounting, Business and Financial History.1998.Well written and very capably edited, this study should be of considerableinterest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history.Recommended for graduate and faculty collections. M Blackford. Choice. September1998.
these essays present broad and useful overviews of Japanese and British business since 1945...the essays do well in their aims of helping to explain the differences between business performance in the two countries and of providing a brief introduction to a number of key topics. - RaymondStokes. University of Glasgow.
these essays present broad and useful overviews of Japanese and Britishbusiness since 1945...the essays do well in their aims of helping to explain thedifferences between business performance in the two countries and of providing abrief introduction to a number of key topics. - Raymond Stokes. University ofGlasgow.
This study downplays difference in the recent economic growth of the two nations, while providing fresh insights into the development of each. Well written and very capably edited, this study should be of considerable interest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history. - M.Blackford in CHOICE Sept.1998 - Vol.36. No.1
This study downplays difference in the recent economic growth of the twonations, while providing fresh insights into the development of each. Wellwritten and very capably edited, this study should be of considerable interestto scholars in the fields of business and economic history. - M. Blackford inCHOICE Sept.1998 - Vol.36. No.1
"Well written and very capably edited, this study should be of considerable interest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history."--Choice
"Well written and very capably edited, this study should be of considerable interest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history."-- Choice
'every reader of this stimulating book will find it thought-provoking ... The modesty of the authors should not be allowed to conceal the importance of the book. The first chapter contains a brilliant literature survey, a model of its kind.'Michael Z.Brooks, Journal of Asian Business, Vol.16, No.2, 2000these essays present broad and useful overviews of Japanese and British business since 1945...the essays do well in their aims of helping to explain the differences between business performance in the two countries and of providing a brief introduction to a number of key topics. - Raymond Stokes. University of Glasgow....the organisers were clearly correct in bringing together an impressive array of British and Japanese authorities who could contribute a range of new perspectives. - John Wilson. Accounting, Business and Financial History. 1998.Well written and very capably edited, this study should be of considerable interest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history. Recommended for graduate and faculty collections. M Blackford. Choice. September 1998.This study downplays difference in the recent economic growth of the two nations, while providing fresh insights into the development of each. Well written and very capably edited, this study should be of considerable interest to scholars in the fields of business and economic history. - M. Blackford in CHOICE Sept.1998 - Vol.36. No.1
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Summaries
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The contributors challenge many established notions concerning Britain and Japan by looking at the key components of their international competitiveness. In doing so, they shed new light on the secrets of Japanese growth.
Long Description
The significance in business and economic history of Japan's startling rise in international competitiveness since the mid-1950s has not only given business academics much food for thought but has also served to increase the amount of English-language writing on modern Japan. Many researchers have sought to dissect the 'economic miracle', isolating key factors which range from the national character and 'consensus' to the favourable conjunction of market forces, from unique structural elements and government policy to a 'free ride' based in American support and free trade. This new book uses a comparative perspective to shed important new light on the components of the miracle. By looking at the key components of international competitiveness in Japan and Britain, new light is shed on the secrets of Japanese growth and refinement of allegations of British 'failure'. There are two contributions, one written by a Japanese scholar, the other by a British scholar, on the key variables: the government-industry relationship; management structures; education and training; and finance. The book concludes with new case studies of automobiles and electronics. The essays revise many established notions concerning the two countries. Differences in education/business links, for example, are not as pronounced as is often claimed, and the performance gap in financial services is now much narrower. The book will serve as a starting point for further research on the critical aspects of modern corporate behaviour and international competitiveness.
Main Description
The significance in business and economic history of Japan's startling rise in international competitiveness since the mid-1950s has not only given business academics much food for thought but has also served to increase the amount of English-language writing on modern Japan. Many researchers have sought to dissect the "economic miracle", isolating key factors which range from the national character and "consensus" to the favorable conjunction of market forces, from unique structural elements and government policy to a "free ride" based on American support and free trade. This new book uses a comparative perspective to highlight the many components of this miracle. By looking at the key facets of international competitiveness in Japan and Britain, new light is shed on the secrets of Japanese growth while refining allegations of British "failure." There are two main contributions (one by a Japanese and the other by a British scholar) on the following key variables: the government-industry relationship; management structures; education and training; and finance. The book goes on to feature several new case studies of automobiles and electronics. These essays revise many established notions concerning the two countries. Differences in education/business links, for example, are not as pronounced as is often claimed, and the performance gap in financial services is now much narrower. This book will serve as a useful starting point for further research on the critical aspects of modern corporate behavior and global competitiveness.
Main Description
The significance in business and economic history of Japan's startling rise in international competitiveness since the mid-1950s has not only given business academics much food for thought but has also served to increase the amount of English-language writing on modern Japan. Many researchershave sought to dissect the 'economic miracle', isolating key factors which range from the national character and 'consensus' to the favourable conjunction of market forces, from unique structural elements and government policy to a 'free ride' based in American support and free trade. This new book uses a comparative perspective to shed important new light on the components of the miracle. By looking at the key components of international competitiveness in Japan and Britain, new light is shed on the secrets of Japanese growth and refinement of allegations of British 'failure'.There are two contributions, one written by a Japanese scholar, the other by a British scholar, on the key variables: the government-industry relationship; management structures; education and training; and finance. The book concludes with new case studies of automobiles and electronics. The essays revise many established notions concerning the two countries. Differences in education/business links, for example, are not as pronounced as is often claimed, and the performance gap in financial services is nowmuch narrower. The book will serve as a starting point for further research on the critical aspects of modern corporate behaviour and international competitiveness.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Japan's 'Miracle' in Perspective
Government and Industry
The State as the 'Third-Hand': MITI and Japanese Industrial Development after 1945
British Industrial Policy through a Japanese Mirror: Why no MITI in Britain?
Management
The Top Management of Large-Scale Enterprises in Post-War Japan
British Management 1945-1964: Reformers and the Struggle to Improve Standards
Education
Educational Change and In-Firm Training in Post-War Japan
Education and Industrial Performance: Influences on British Experience Since 1945
Finance
A Re-examination of Japan's Post-War Financing System
Finance and Industry in Britain after 1945: Some Issues and Evidence
Case Studies: Automobiles and Electronics
Combining Mass Production with Variety: Itaku Automotive Production in the 1960s
From Mass-Market Manufacturer to Niche Player: Product and Marketing Strategy at British Leyland/Rover from 1968 to 1995
Internalization and Externalization: Organizational Strategies for Fuji Denki, Fujitsu, and Fanuc
ICL: From National Champion to Fujitsu's Little Helper
Index
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