Japans Software Factories: A Challenge to U.S. Management

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

byMichael A. Cusumano

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Though Japan has successfully competed with U.S. companies in the manufacturing and marketing of computer hardware, it has been less successful in developing computer programs. This book contains the first detailed analysis of how Japanese firms have tried to redress this imbalance by applyingtheir skills in engineering and production management to software development. Cusumano focuses on the creation of "software factories" in which large numbers of people are engaged in developing software in cooperative ways--i.e. individual programs are not developed in isolation but rather utilizeportions of other programs already developed whenever possible, and then yield usable portions for other programs being written. Devoting chapters to working methods at System Developing Corp., Hitachi, Toshiba, NEC, and Fujitsu, and including a comparison of Japanese and U.S. software factories,Cusumano's book will be important reading for all people involved in software and computer technology, as well as those interested in Japanese business and corporate culture.

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Though Japan has successfully competed with U.S. companies in the manufacturing and marketing of computer hardware, it has been less successful in developing computer programs. This book contains the first detailed analysis of how Japanese firms have tried to redress this imbalance by applyingtheir skills in engineering and production ...

Michael A. Cusumano is at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.57 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195062167

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The Software Challenge1. Product-Process Strategy and Japan's Software Industry2. The Technology: Recurring Problems and Integrated SolutionsPart II: The Factory Approach3. System Development Corporation: A U.S. Factory Experiment4. Hitachi: Organizing for Process and Quality Control5. Toshiba: Linking Productivity and Reusability6. NEC: A Multiproduct, Multiprocess Factory Network7. Fujitsu: Process Control to Automated Customization8. Standardization and Cooperative RandDConclusion9. Software Development: From Craft to Factory PracticeAppendixesA. Survey of Manager Emphases: The Process SpectrumB. Japanese and U.S. Project PerformanceC. Market Shares and Customer Satisfaction in JapanNotesIndex

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"Cusumano draws on a rich trove of documentary sources, extensive interviews and even a couple of surveys. His ability to speak Japanese and his contacts in Japan have been put to excellent use....An ambitious and impressive piece of work. It should prove valuable to at least three groups:those interested in the software industry, in Japanese business, and in the relationship between technology and organizational forms."--Sloan Management Review