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Small Firms in the Japanese Economy (Paperback)
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Small Firms in the Japanese Economy (Paperback)

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Paperback 252 Pages / Published: 24/06/1999
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Now in paperback, this book considers the role of small firms in the Japanese economy and challenges established views of the Japanese economy, society and political economy. Japan's giant corporations are household names, and dominate our views of the Japanese economy. But surprisingly, Japan also ranks alongside Italy as having the highest proportion of small firms - and employment in them - amongst the OECD countries. These small firms have either been ignored, or they have been treated as appendages of large firms. This book paints a balanced picture based on a unique and statistically rich survey. It looks at small firms in Japan's leading machine industries, their relations with each other as well as with large firms, and their internal management, employment and technology dynamics. Paradoxically, in contrast to the 'resurgence' of small firms in other industrialised countries, their number and employment share in Japan are now in decline.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521664714
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... this book has a lot of material of interest to specialists in applied microeconomics, small business economics, entrepreneurship, and business history ... the central chapters of the book ... report on a unique body of primary source evidence in a revealing way. The book deserves to be read widely, not the least because it is a useful corrective to rather ill-informed stylisations about the structure of the Japanese economy'. The Economic Journal
'... a thought-provoking piece. It is meticulously written and contains extremely rich empirical data. It raises many controversial issues which will no doubt stimulate further research on the subject in the years to come.' Industrial Relations Journal
' ... this well-researched and thorough account. An excellent bibliography ... '. Asian Affairs
"This densly packed volume is a very valuable contribution to our growing, but still limited, knowledge of small manufacturing firms in Japan....Both scholars and policymakers can profit from reading this book....Whittaker's account is the most valuable analysis of small business in Japan currently available in English, complementing and going beyond David Friedman's analysis of Sakaki and providing both more depth and breadth than Penelope Franck's survey of small business development across the nation....Small Firms in the Japanese Economy is a sophisticated account which I hope will find a large audience." Mansel G. Blackford, H-NET BOOK REVIEW
"The book clearly adds to the growing literature on small business. The result of Whittaker's book is a well-written, well-supported by reliable empirical evidence, and thoroughly researched manucript on a dynamic, albeit maturing, Asian economy." Mark Goh, Journal of Asian Business
...this is a well-researched and stimulating book. It is highly recommended, not only to devotees of Japanese industrial trends, but to all those interested in Japan's modern economic and social development." Pacific Affairs
"...a useful and readable introduction to the small firms that dominate everyday life in Japan." Michael Smitka, American Journal of Sociology

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