The phenomena of Japan emerging as one of the most competitive industrial nations in the twentieth century and the general shift of competitiveness to East Asia since the 1980s have been widely studied by many scholars from different fields of the social sciences. Drawing on sources from Japanese, Swiss, and American archives, the historical analysis of this book tackles a wide range of actors and sheds light on the various processes that enabled Japanese watch companies to transfer technology and expand commercially starting in the second half of the nineteenth century.
By exploring the case of the watch industry, this book serves to establish a better understanding of the origins of the competitiveness of Japanese manufacturing and its evolution until its decline in the post‐bubble economy (in the 1990s and 2000s).
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PART I The birth of an industry (1850–1945)
1 The emergence and the growth of a market
2 The first steps towards industrialization (1880–1914)
3 Technological challenges (1900–1937)
4 The evolution of markets (1900–1937)
5 The main manufacturers
6 The experience of war
PART II The conquest of the world (1945–1985)
7 Technological challenges
8 The evolution of markets
9 Organization and management of the largest watch companies
PART III The Japanese watch industry since 1985
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