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Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences: Japan's Network Economy: Structure, Persistence, and Change Series Number 24 (Hardback)
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Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences: Japan's Network Economy: Structure, Persistence, and Change Series Number 24 (Hardback)

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Hardback 430 Pages / Published: 16/08/2004
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Japan's economy has long been described as network-centric. A web of stable, reciprocated relations among banks, firms, and ministries, is thought to play an important role in Japan's ability to navigate smoothly around economic shocks. Now those networks are widely blamed for Japan's faltering competitiveness. This book applies structural sociology to a study of how the form and functioning of this network economy has evolved from the prewar era to the late 90s. It asks whether, in the face of deregulation, globalization, and financial disintermediation, Japan's corporate networks - the keiretsu groupings particularly - have 'withered away', losing their cohesion and their historical function of supporting member firms in hard times. Using detailed quantitative and qualitative analysis, this book's conclusion is a qualified 'yes'. Relationships remain central to the Japanese way of business, but are much more subordinated to the competitive strategy of the enterprise than the network economy of the past.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521453042
Number of pages: 430
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm


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'Finally, we have an authoritative treatment of how network coordination at the top of the Japanese economy evolved to such prominence and adapted to external change. Lincoln and Gerlach clarify a new balance in the Japanese economy between market forces and inter-firm obligation. I particularly enjoyed their description of cohesive networks fostering a hubris that encouraged risky financial behavior and learned from their extended concluding chapter on the historical context for what is to come in Japan. I put this one on my shelf right next to Regional Advantage and The Second Industrial Divide.' Ronald S. Burt, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago
'The literature on Japan's corporate networks has reached full maturity with Japan's Network Economy. In many ways a sequel to Gerlach's Alliance Capitalism and Lincoln's earlier journal publications, this book represents scholarship at its best - combining qualitative evidence with formal network analysis applied thoroughly, for the first time, to both horizontal and vertical keiretsu structures. The result is a compelling story about a subtle, but real, transformation in Japan's corporate network landscape.' Mari Sako, Said Business School, University of Oxford
"I highly recommend this book to students of formal network analysis, complex organizations and markets, and Japan. It inspires the reader's confidence that the years the authors spent studying keiretsu enabled them to really know what they are talking about" -Robert M. Marsh, Contemporary Sociology
"The structural analysis and knowledge of the context works very well in combination to inform the reader of Japanese business networks, and the evidence Lincoln and Gerlach present supports a stronger role for the individual firm and its network position and a weaker role for the keiretsu as a unitary actor in understanding Japanese business networks...The theory of organizational networks thus seems to travel well across contexts." -Heinrich R. Greve, Administrative Science Quarterly
"Japan's Network Economy: Structure, Persistence, and Change is an ambitious, original, and meticulously researched analysis of the rise and fall and future of the great Japanese keiretsu...Supported by careful analysis, Lincoln and Gerlach get the story right and provide new insights into keiretsu behavior." -Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University, American Journal of Sociology

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