Japanese Success? British Failure?: Comparisons in Business Performance since 1945 by Etsuo AbeJapanese Success? British Failure?: Comparisons in Business Performance since 1945 by Etsuo Abe

Japanese Success? British Failure?: Comparisons in Business Performance since 1945

EditorEtsuo Abe, Terrry Gourvish

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

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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.

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Etsuo Abe is at Meiji University, Tokyo. Terrry Gourvish is at London School of Economics.

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Title:Japanese Success? British Failure?: Comparisons in Business Performance since 1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198290586

ISBN - 13:9780198290582

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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