Recovering from Success: Innovation and Technology Management in Japan

Paperback | August 17, 2006

EditorD. Hugh Whittaker, Robert E. Cole

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How did Japan fall from challenger to US hegemonic leadership in the high tech industries in the 1980s, to stumbling giant by the turn of the century? What is it doing about it? This book examines the challenges faced by Japan's high tech companies through successful emulation of some oftheir key practices by foreign competitors and the emergence of new competitive models linked to open innovation and modular production. High tech companies were slow to respond, relying at first on formulae which had worked in the past, but in a new environment, some of these traditional strengths had now become sources of weakness. Stability and success, moreover, had decreased their appetite for risk. Early in the new century,however, there were signs of a more concerted response, which opened up past practices to scrutiny, and modification through selective learning and adaptation of the new models. The 'MOT' (management of technology) movement provided a vehicle for this change. It was linked, in turn, to efforts tochange the national innovation system, giving universities a more central role, and encouraging spin-offs and startups.The book features contributions from Japanese and Western scholars and practitioners who have distinctive insights into the nature of these challenges and responses, with substantial introductory and concluding chapters. The result is a highly accessible account of innovation, technology, andchange management in the world's second largest economy.

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How did Japan fall from challenger to US hegemonic leadership in the high tech industries in the 1980s, to stumbling giant by the turn of the century? What is it doing about it? This book examines the challenges faced by Japan's high tech companies through successful emulation of some oftheir key practices by foreign competitors and t...

Robert E. Cole served as Co-Director of the Management of Technology Program at the Haas School of Business from 1997-2006. He is a long term student of Japanese work organization, the auto industry and the Japanese quality movement and has published widely on these topics over the last 35 years. Most recently, he has been working in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:August 17, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Robert E. Cole and D. Hugh Whittaker: IntroductionPart 1: Industries, Technologies and Value Chains2. Robert E. Cole: The Telecommunication Industry: A Turnaround in Japan's Global Presence3. Timothy Sturgeon: Modular Production's Impact on Japan's Electronics Industry4. Takashi Yunogami: Technology Management and Competitiveness of the Japanese Semiconductor Industry5. Jocelyn Probert: Global Value Chains in the Pharmaceutical Industry6. Robert E. Cole: Software's Hidden ChallengesPart 2: MOT In and Between Enterprises7. Henry Chesbrough: The Open Innovation Model: Implications for Innovation in Japan8. Clair Brown: Managing Creativity and Control of Knowledge Workers9. Eiichi Yamaguchi: Rethinking Innovation10. Philippe Byosiere: Realizing Creative Innovation Through RandD in Japan11. D. Hugh Whittaker: Hitachi's Nascent 'New Production(ist)' System12. James Lincoln: Interfirm Networks and the Management of Technology and Innovation in JapanPart 3: Transforming Japan's Innovation System13. Tateo Arimoto: Innovation Policy for Japan as a Front Runner14. Yuzo Murayama: Security and Techno-Systems: A Comparative Analysis15. Atsushi Kaneko, Yoshi-fumi Nakata and Muneaki Yokoyama: Human Resources and Technology Management in Japanese Corporations16. Toshiro Kita: Electronic Government in Japan: Towards Harmony Between Technology Solutions and Administrative Systems17. D. Hugh Whittaker, Robert E. Cole: Conclusion