Japan's Computer and Communications Industry: The Evolution of Industrial Giants and Global Competitiveness

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Praise for Japan's Computer and Communications Industry

'Fransman's authoritative analysis . . . should clear away many of the myths and misunderstandings which have bedevilled discussion about Japanese industrial success. His book should be essential reading, not only to students of Japan, but to anyone interested in the competitiveness of firms and nations.' Sir Geoffrey Owen, former editor, Financial Times

'While the largely self-contained case studies offered by this authoritative volume deserve attention by themselves, interested readers will find even greater reward from the composite picture they present of Japan's search for economic advantage from information technologies.' Arno Penzias, Vice President Research, Bell Laboratories

'I have not read any book comparable to this one in depth, accuracy, and comprehensive analysis on the Japanese information and communications industry. This is the book for everyone who wants to understand this industry.' Michiyuki Uenohara, Executive Advisor, NEC

'Martin Fransman's book is a major achievement, which combines mastery of the detail of the development of major Japanese IT firms with the latest concepts emerging from the evolutionary theory of the firm.' Keith Pavitt, SPRU, University of Sussex

'A TOUR DE FORCE. A methodologically rigorous, theoretically sophisticated, and thoroughly documented study. . . . This pioneering book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the nature of Japanese firms generally and the direction of Japanese information technology specifically.' Glen S. Fukushima, former Director for Japanese Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative

'This book . . . takes us well beyond much of the current management hype about the "uniqueness" of the Japanese way into a detailed analysis of the technical and institutional evolution of [the computer and communications industry]. [Its] "realistic" theory of the firm and how it makes decisions . . . will bring joy to those institutional and evolutionary economists who labour to find sound historical evidence to support techno-economic path dependency. . . . It provides a salutary corrective to current simplistic views of the Japanese government's national innovation policy and takes a stage further the pioneering work of Chalmers Johnson by looking in detail at the changing role, particularly of MITI, in the development of the firms in these sectors. The book is comprehensive and extremely readable.' Michael Gibbons, Director, SPRU, University of Sussex

'This is an impressive and highly valuable book on Japanese industry. . . . The lessons that can be drawn from this book are extremely relevant for economists, policy makers, and managers who are concerned with issues related to the growth and dynamics of high technology industries and the factors behind firm performance, adaptation, and long-term survival.' Franco Malerba, Deputy Director, CESPRI, Bocconi University

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