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From knowledge dependence to knowledge creation: Industrial growth and the technological advance of the Japanese electronics industry

Harvey, Charles and Maclean, Mairi and Hayward, Tony (2001) From knowledge dependence to knowledge creation: Industrial growth and the technological advance of the Japanese electronics industry. Journal of Industrial History, 4 (2). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1463-6174

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    Abstract

    The thrust of the argument put forward in this paper is that the postwar technological advance of the Japanese electronics industry was in essence a product not a primary cause of industrial growth. We demonstrate that the industry's surge forward resulted from the interaction of a unique combination of political, economic and cultural forces. Business leaders took full advantage by investing on a massive scale in physical, organizational, human and technological resources. It was success in the marketplace and strong cash flows that allowed Japanese firms to import technology on a large scale, invest in scientists and engineers, and progressively develop world class technological capabilities. In establishing themselves as global players, Japanese electronics firms moved over the years from a position of knowledge dependence to one of knowledge creation. We explore how this transformation was achieved and how they learned to control and exploit knowledge creating systems and processes. In particular, we establish the multi-faceted context and complex set of relationships that have conditioned strategic decision making and the creation of technological capabilities.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 3736
    Keywords: electronics, japan, knowledge management, industrial management, Commerce, Management. Industrial Management
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce
    Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
    Department: Strathclyde Business School
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      Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
      Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2007
      Last modified: 19 Mar 2012 03:50
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/3736

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