1st Edition

Production Organizations in Japanese Economic Development

ISBN 9780415748582
Published November 8, 2013 by Routledge
272 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this important new book, the authors explore how production was organized in the context of the economic development of modern Japan.

Production organizations are taken to mean the long-term relationships which economic agents create for production, based on employment contracts or long-term transactions. This includes hierarchical organizations such as factories and corporations, but also flexible arangements such as subcontracting. 

Modern Japanese economic development is characterized by the co-evolution of these two types of production organizations, while American economic development in the modern period is characterized by the development of a mass production system based on large hierarchical organizations. The question is raised as to why and how a certain type of organization proliferated in a certain industry in a certain period, and what the role of that organization was in coordinating production and giving incentives to the economic agents involved. The result is a comparative institutional analysis of the organizational foundations of Japanese economic development in the modern period.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Tetsuji Okazaki and Masaki Nakabayashi, 2. Transition from putting-out system to factory system, Tomoko Hashino, 3. Formation of the labor market, Ryo Kambayashi, 4. Emergence of modern corporate organization, Naofumi Nakamura, 5. Employment of professional managers: Determinants and implications, Tetsuji Okazaki , 6. New function of putting-out system, Masaki Nakabayashi, 7. Reproduction of flexible production organization, Masayuki Tanimoto, 8. Formation of subcontracting system, Kazuaki Kagami

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Tetsuji Okazaki is at the University of Tokyo