Engineered in Japan: Japanese Technology - Management Practices

Hardcover | September 1, 1995

EditorJeffrey K. Liker, John E. Ettlie, John C. Campbell

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Engineered in Japan presents a unique and comprehensive examination of technology management in the most successful Japanese companies: unique in that all chapters go beyond superficial descriptions of stylized practices to look in depth at particular issues, often contradicting or qualifyingthe conventional wisdom; comprehensive in that it covers the entire technology life cycle from basic RandD, to development engineering, to manufacturing processes, to learning from the Japanese. Each chapter is based on original research by noted scholars in the field, and identifies technology management practices that have become a major source of competitive advantage for highly successful Japanese companies. Engineered in Japan documents the best practices from such companies asToyota, Hitachi, Toshiba, and Nippondenso, and discusses how these technology management practices can be usefully adopted in other cultural contexts. Going beyond past observations, the authors all delve below the surface of Japanese management approaches. They look more closely than has been done before at how particular methods are applied, and they identify some new practices that have not yet been highlighted in books on Japanese methods.Presenting recent data that contradict some conventional thinking about U.S.-Japanese differences, they look at old techniques from a new perspective. "U.S. managers can perhaps learn more from the process of creation in Japan and the organizational structures that support innovation," say the editors in their introduction, "than from the particular approaches, tools, and technologies created." A running theme throughout the book is thatJapanese managers and engineers tend to think in terms of systems, focusing not just on the parts but on the connections between them. Engineered in Japan is must reading for technology managers and engineers, along with anyone interested in Japanese business, engineering, and management.

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Engineered in Japan: Japanese Technology-Management Practices presents a unique and comprehensive examination of technology management in the most successful Japanese companies. Each chapter is based on original research by noted scholars in the field, and identifies technology management practices that have become a major source of co...

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Engineered in Japan presents a unique and comprehensive examination of technology management in the most successful Japanese companies: unique in that all chapters go beyond superficial descriptions of stylized practices to look in depth at particular issues, often contradicting or qualifyingthe conventional wisdom; comprehensive in th...

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This book presents a unique and comprehensive examination of technology management in the most successful Japanese companies: unique in that all chapters go beyond superficial descriptions of stylized practices to look in-depth at particular issues.

Jeffrey K. Liker, John Ettlie, and John C. Campbell are all at the University of Michigan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.3 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Contributors1. Jeffrey K. Liker, John E. Ettlie, and John Creighton Campbell: Engineering in Japan: Introduction and OverviewI. Applied RandD2. David T. Methe: Basic Research in Japanese Electronic Companies: An Attempt at Establishing New Organizational Routines3. Thomas Roehl, Will Mitchell, and Ronald J. Slattery: The Growth of RandD Investment and Organizational Changes by Japanese Pharmaceutical Firms, 1975-19934. Howard E. Aldrich and Toshihiro Sasaki: Governance Structure and Technology Transfer Management in RandD Consortia in the United States and Japan5. Richard N. Osborn and C. Christopher Baughn: Governing United States - Japan High-Technoloy AlliancesII. Product-Process Development Practices6. Daniel E. Whitney: Nippondenso Co. Ltd.: A Case Study of Strategic Product Design7. Jeffrey K. Liker, Rajan R. Kamath, S. Nazli Wasti, and Mitsuo Nagamachi: Integrating Suppliers into Fast-Cycle Product Development8. Allen Ward, Durward K. Sobek II, John J. Cristiano, and Jeffrey K. Liker: Toyota, Concurrent Engineering, and Set-Based Design9. W. Mark Fruin: Competing in the Old-Fashioned Way: Localizing and Integrating Knowledge Resources in Fast-to-Market CompetitionIII. Manufacturing Methods and Management10. Patrick C. Hammett, Walton M. Hancock, and Jay S. Baron: Producing a World-Class Automotive Body11. Izak Duenyas, John W. Fowler, and Lee Schruben: Japan's Development of Scheduling Methods for Manufacturing Semiconductors12. John E. Ettlie and Peter Swan: U.S.-Japanese Manufacturing Joint Ventures and Equity RelationshipsIV. Technology Deployment and Organizational Learning13. John Creighton Campbell: Culture, Innovative Borrowing, and Technology Management14. Mary Yoko Brannen: Does Culture Matter? Negotiating a Complementary Culture to Support Technological Innovation15. Thomas Y. Choi and S. Nazli Wasti: Institutional Pressures and Organizational Learning: The Case of American-Owned Automotive-Parts Suppliers and Japanese Shop-Floor Production Methods16. Robert E. Cole: Reflections on Organizational Learning in U.S. and Japanese Industry17. Jeffrey K. Liker, John E. Ettlie, and Allen C. Ward: Managing Technology Systemically: Common ThemesIndex

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Engineered in Japan: Japanese Technology-Management Practices presents a unique and comprehensive examination of technology management in the most successful Japanese companies. Each chapter is based on original research by noted scholars in the field, and identifies technology management practices that have become a major source of competitive advantage for highly successful Japanese companies. Engineered in Japan documents the best practices from such companies as Toyota, Hitachi, Toshiba, and Nippondenso, and discusses how these technology management practices can be usefully adopted in other cultural contexts. "U.S. managers can perhaps learn more from the process of creation in Japan and the organizational structures that support innovation", say the editors in their introduction, "than from the particular approaches, tools, and technologies created". A running theme throughout the book is that Japanese managers and engineers tend to think in terms of systems, focusing not just on the parts but on the connections between them. Engineered in Japan is must read

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