Networks, Markets, and the Pacific Rim

Networks, Markets, and the Pacific Rim : Studies in Strategy

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This volume explores the wide diversity in the kinds of networks that have been established between firms in Japan and the Pacific Rim. Editor W. Mark Fruin shows how networks in Japan and Korea are more prescribed and standardized than those found in the United States. For example, Toyota's satellite organizational system is more flexible, open-ended, and market-conforming than General Motors divisional organization. But less market-conforming networks can also arise. In China, for example, networks have arisen because of the unpredictable nature of markets. The contributors to this volume utilize new ideas and data to formulate an understanding of the importance of networks to the success of Asian firms. The book's postmodern approach-seeking not a single model but rather a variety of models of equally probable validity-makes it a unique resource for scholars and professionals in the field.
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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 22.1mm | 653.18g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • tables
  • 0195117204
  • 9780195117202

Table of contents

1. Analyzing Networks and Markets: An Introduction ; 2. Unbroken Ties: Comparing Personal Business Networks Cross-Nationally ; 3. Entrepreneurial Networking Organizations: Cases, Taxonomy, and Paradoxes ; 4. The "Embedded Broker" State: Social Networks and Political Organization in Japan ; 5. Trust and Commitment as Alternative Responses to Social Uncertainty ; 6. The Work of Networks in Taiwan's Export Fashion Shoe Industry ; 7. Education as a Source of Network, Signal, or Nepotism: Managers and Engineers During Japan's Industrial Development ; 8. Making Things Clique: Cartels, Coalitions and Institutional Structure in the Tsukiji Wholesale Seafood Market ; 9. Patterns of Asian Network Capitalism: The Cases of Taiwan and South Korea ; 10. Japanese Corporate Boards and the Role of Bank Directors ; 11. To Sue or Keiretsu: A Comparison of Partnering in the United States and Japan ; 12. The Visible Hand and Invisible Assets: Managed Competition and Network Organization at a Toshiba Electronics Factory ; 13. The Limits of Autarky: Regional Networks and Industrial Adaptation in Silicon Valley and Route 128 ; 14. Structural Analysis of Japanese Economic Organizations: A Conceptual Framework
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