Mobilizing Invisible Assets (Paperback)
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Mobilizing Invisible Assets (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages
Published: 01/10/1991
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Successful corporate strategies, says this leading professor of management, depend upon dynamic marshaling of a firm's “invisible assets”—information-based resources such as technological know-how, the visibility of a brand name, or knowledge of a customer base—as well as tangible assets such as people, goods, and money. Hiroyuki Itami emphasizes the ways strategy must fit the firm's external environment (customers, competitors, and ever-changing technology) and also the importance of internal fit within the organization. He uses invisible assets as a single organizing concept to discuss the appropriateness of strategy in each area.

Strategy, Itami insists, must be adapted to rapidly changing conditions and must sometimes be prepared in advance of expected change. The most powerful strategy may often intentionally create imbalance in the short run in order to accumulate invisible assets and energize the organization. Itami examines successful strategies of Japanese firms, which have always operated in an environment of uncertainty and all-pervasive change. Sony and Honda are not the only examples, however—Itami also discusses IBM, Volkswagen, and the Swiss watch industry. The range of examples gives the book wide applicability and appeal to American business executives, who are now facing a similar situation of rapid change.

The clarity and sound construction of Itami's argument will make it useful not only to MBAs and theorists of international business and comparative management, but also to “real world” planners and managers who are currently coping with just the sort of situations Itami describes.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674577718
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Itami’s book is not mired in the analysis typical of management texts, and is likely to make a valuable addition to the literature on corporate strategy. - Sloan Management Review

[Itami] has updated his original Japanese version to the benefit of English readers. Western companies should take note of his argument. - The Economist

Itami provides carefully argued and well-thought-out discussions of the identification and use of a company’s information or knowledge resources—in all, a convincing point of view on the crucial importance of ‘soft assets’ in our age of information. - Mark J. Estren, Miami Herald

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