Americanization and its Limits: Reworking US Technology and Management in Post-war Europe and Japan

Paperback | January 15, 2004

EditorJonathan Zeitlin, Gary Herrigel

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Throughout the evolution of the modern world economy, new models of productive efficiency and business organization have emerged-in Britain in the nineteenth century, in the US in the early (and perhaps late) twentieth century, and in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s. At each point foreignobservers have looked for the secrets of success and best practice, and initiatives have been taken to transmit and diffuse.This book looks in detail at 'Americanization' in Europe and Japan in the post-war period. A group of distinguished international scholars explore in depth the processes, the ideologies, and the adaptations in a number of different countries (the UK, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Germany) anddifferent sectors (engineering, telecommunications, motor vehicles, steel, and rubber). The book is rich in historical analysis based on careful research. This provides the basis for informed and subtle theoretical analysis of the complexities of the diffusion of business organization and the powerful influences of Americanization in this century. It will be of compelling interest tohistorians, social scientists and business academics concerned with the dynamics of economic and corporate growth, industrial development, and the diffusion of productive and business models.

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Throughout the evolution of the modern world economy, new models of productive efficiency and business organization have emerged-in Britain in the nineteenth century, in the US in the early (and perhaps late) twentieth century, and in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s. At each point foreignobservers have looked for the secrets of success an...

Jonanthan Zeitlin is Professor of History, Sociology, and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also a co-director of the European Union Center. He has been a consultant on industrial and labour market policy for the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Organiz...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:January 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jonathan Zeitlin: Chapter 1: Introduction: Americanization and Its Limits: Reworking US Technology and Management in Post-War Europe and JapanPart I: Exporting the American Model?Jacqueline McGlade: Chapter 2: Americanization: Ideology or Process? The Case of the US Technical Assistance and Productivity ProgramSteven Tolliday: Chapter 3: Transplanting the American Model? US Automobile Companies and the Transfer of Technology and Management to Europe after the Second World WarPart II: Reworking US Technology and Management: National, Sectoral, and Firm-Level VariationsA: Britain and SwedenJonathan Zeitlin: Chapter 4: Americanizing British Engineering? Strategic Debate, Selective Adaptation, and Hybrid Innovation in Post-War ReconstructionKenneth Lipartito: Chapter 5: Failure to Communicate: British Telecommunications and the American LessonHenrik Glimstedt: Chapter 6: Creative Cross-Fertilization and Uneven Americanization of Swedish Industry: Sources of Innovation in Post-War Motor Vehicles and Electrical ManufacturingB: France and ItalyMatthias Kipping: Chapter 7: A Slow and Difficult Process: The Americanization of the French Steel Producing and Using Industries after World War IIRuggero Ranieri: Chapter 8: Remodelling the Italian Steel Industry: Americanization, Modernization, and Mass ProductionDuccio Bigazzi: Chapter 9: Mass Production or 'Organized Craftsmanship'? The Post-War Italian Automobile IndustryC: Germany and JapanPaul Erker: Chapter 10: The Long Shadow of Americanization: The German Rubber Industry and the Radial Tire RevolutionKazuo Wada and Takao Shiba: Chapter 11: The Evolution of the 'Japanese Production System': Indigenous Influences and American ImpactGary Herrigel: Chapter 12: American Occupation, Market Order, and Democracy: Reconfiguring the Japanese and German Steel Industries after World War II

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`One hopes that this volume will be read by comparative political economists and management scholars as well [as]... political scientists [and] historians... The view that innovation can stem entirely from the hybridization of codified techniques with local circumstances is only one of itsmore striking theoretical insights. This is a most engaging and impressive set of essays.'Journal of Economic History