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By Michael A. Witt

Monetary obstacle has a tendency to spur swap within the 'rules of the sport' - the 'institutions' - that govern the industrial job of enterprises and staff. yet after greater than a decade of financial ache following the burst of the japanese Bubble economic system of the Eighties, the center associations of jap capitalism have replaced remarkably little. during this systematic and holistic overview of continuity and alter within the important parts of jap capitalism, Michael A. Witt hyperlinks this really gradual cost of institutional switch to a confluence of 2 elements: excessive degrees of societal co-ordination within the jap political economic climate, and occasional degrees of deviant habit on the point of people, businesses, and organisations. He identifies social networks permeating eastern company as a key enabler of societal co-ordination and a drawback to deviancy, and sheds gentle on a pervasive yet formerly less than explored form of company networks, intra-industry loops. contains a Foreword by way of Gordon Redding.

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In sum, indicators of social capital in Japanese society do not suggest radical change in social capital in the Japanese business system. While the potential for the creation of social capital through associations is overall somewhat lower than in the United States, the considerably higher density of business associations in Japan suggests ample breeding ground for inter-corporate social capital. Business system The top layer of the Redding business systems model consists of ownership, inter-corporate networking, and management.

Ownership Networks • Employment & unemployment protection • Short- vs. 2. Main elements in the construction of a business system (following Redding 2005) • Formal logics • Individualism vs. collectivism Identity • Short- vs. long-term • Ends of economic activity Rationale • Organization of labor • Conditions of use • Social security • Education and training Human capital • Networks across sectors • Collaboration of competitors • Networked production chains • Sources of funding Financial capital • Corporate governance • Horizontal/vertical integration • Nature of ownership control (direct, market, alliance) 26 Changing Japanese capitalism Two caveats are in order.

Hofstede (1997) concludes that on an individualism scale from 0 (most collectivist) to 100 (most individualistic), Japan scores 46, as compared with 67 for Germany and 91 for the United States. Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner (1997) find similar results in their study, with Japan ranking lowest among the three countries in terms of measures of individual freedom, desirability of individual credit, and desirability of individual responsibility. 3 percent in the United States. The most recent comparative study, the GLOBE project under Robert House (House et al.

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