Americanization and its Limits: Reworking US Technology and Management in Post-war Europe and Japan (Paperback)
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Americanization and its Limits: Reworking US Technology and Management in Post-war Europe and Japan (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 08/01/2004
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Throughout the evolution of the modern world economy, new models of productive efficiency and business organization have emerged-in Britain in the nineteenth century, in the US in the early (and perhaps late) twentieth century, and in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s. At each point foreign observers have looked for the secrets of success and best practice, and initiatives have been taken to transmit and diffuse. This book looks in detail at 'Americanization' in Europe and Japan in the post-war period. A group of distinguished international scholars explore in depth the processes, the ideologies, and the adaptations in a number of different countries (the UK, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Germany) and different sectors (engineering, telecommunications, motor vehicles, steel, and rubber). The book is rich in historical analysis based on careful research. This provides the basis for informed and subtle theoretical analysis of the complexities of the diffusion of business organization and the powerful influences of Americanization in this century. It will be of compelling interest to historians, social scientists and business academics concerned with the dynamics of economic and corporate growth, industrial development, and the diffusion of productive and business models.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199269044
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm


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Review from previous edition This book is essential reading for anyone interested in post-war international economic history and the development of an internationalized business culture. It also provides a salutary reminder about the limited prospects of a national business model being transferred wholesale even in the era of the new economy and revived American dominance. * English Historical Review *
A major addition to [the] literature ... this book is a major enrichment of our understanding of 'Americanization', combining a rich array of new research with a rigorous attention to problems of conceptualization. * The Historical Journal *
This book will be of great value to economic as well as business historians, particularly those with an interest in the development of globalization ... the project is truly international in its scholarly dimensions * English Historical Review *
...this book is the best by far of the recent spate of studies of Americanization, and it will be invaluable to scholars and students in a variety of fields. * Dr Raymond Stokes, University of Glasgow - Technology and Culture, Vol.42 *
...this is an important book bringing together for the first time a great deal of useful information. * History, vol. 86, no. 284 *
The detailed essays provide some fascinating examples of transatlantic interaction. * History, vol. 86, no. 284 *
One hopes that this volume will be read by comparative political economists and management scholars as well [as]... political scientists [and] historians... The view that innovation can stem entirely from the hybridization of codified techniques with local circumstances is only one of its more striking theoretical insights. This is a most engaging and impressive set of essays. * Journal of Economic History *

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