Country Competitiveness

Country Competitiveness : Technology and the Organizing of Work

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This is a book of contributed chapters, including detailed case studies, which demonstrates that competition, whether among countries or firms, is driven by advantages that cannot easily be imitated or diffused. Cheap labour can be imitated but is not desirable; capital moves easily across borders; new products are copied within a few years. What is difficult to imitate are the organizing practices of work, as applied to the factory, to the firm, and to the relations among firms and other institutions. The chapters are by an international group of scholars from the US, France, Germany, the UK, and Japan. Contributors: Giovanni Dosi, Bruce Kogut, Mark Fruin, Toshi Nishiguchi, John Dunning, David Parkinson, Christopher Midler, Florence Charue, Juliet Webster, D. Hugh Whittaker, Ulrich Juergens, Horst Kern, Michael Schumann, Arndt Sorge, Marc Maurice, James R. Lincoln, Eleanor D. Westney, Gary Herrigel
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 154.9 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 612.36g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • graphs, tables
  • 0195072774
  • 9780195072778

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This is an excellent collection of essays and a compilation which for the most part works extremely well ... useful and stimulating book ... this collection provides a combination of an excellent synthesis, new perspectives, and new empirical material on the development of work organisation. It is to be recommended to scholars and could be usefully recommended for readings on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. * Business History * `One of the major interests of this work is to concentrate on the analysis of the relationship between technological and organizational innovation, not so much to study the competitiveness of firms as that of nations.'
Analyses de la SEDEIS `The book makes a valuable contribution to the debate about shifting competitive advantage between nations ... Most of the papers have the great merit of being based on detailed research at company level in Europe, the US and Japan.'
Financial Times
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