Innovation in Japan

Hardcover | May 1, 1997

EditorAkira Goto, Hiroyuki Odagiri

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In this age of high technology, Japan's success in continuous improvement and innovation in key industries, ranging from steel and automobiles to electronics, has been spectacular, and the unique institutional arrangements that have supported this success have attracted wide attention. Yet,with only a few exceptions, the discussion of Japan's innovation system has tended to be anecdotal. It is the consequent need for a more solid analysis based on fact that this book fills. The chapters in this book investigate Japan's current innovation system through empirical, mostly quantitative, research. These chapters cover a wide range of subjects, including technology importation, industrial standards, product development, RandD personnel management, overseas RandD, andhigher education. In addition, detailed industry studies cover the automobile, electrical machinery, semiconductor, and steel sectors. The authors, the leading Japanese scholars on these subjects, reveal the rich and complex nature of the Japanese innovation system, and describe in detail itsstrengths and weaknesses.

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In this age of high technology, Japan's success in continuous improvement and innovation in key industries, ranging from steel and automobiles to electronics, has been spectacular, and the unique institutional arrangements that have supported this success have attracted wide attention. Yet,with only a few exceptions, the discussion of ...

Akira Goto is at Hitotsubashi University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:322 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198289855

ISBN - 13:9780198289852

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...these essays are an important addition to the English-language literature on modern Japanese development. While they are of particular interest to readers looking for information on recent decades, many of the chapters relate to broader areas of concern. such, the individual chaptersare likely to appeal to a wide audience of business historians. The publishers should be commended for bringing out another well-produced volume which brings the shcolarship of some of Japan's leading scholars to a wider audience. - Janet Hunter Business History. London School of Economics.