Regional Development through Ecological Business

Unique Cases in Japanese Rural Regions

By Makoto Hirano

© 2012 – Routledge

104 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Regional disparity is one of the current pressing social issues. Many countries lack basic infrastructures of establishing a new business or industrial cluster. The book argues that existing arguments which have mostly focused on macroscopic view of economy of society or industries may be misguided. The book delivers a refreshing insight from microscopic view of enterprise/business management and how businesses can achieve sustainable development at enterprise level.

The book includes case studies of concrete examples to illustrate how a successful model can be put in place to effect sustainable development at enterprise level. The implementation of sustainable development is also a closely connected knowledge management. This knowledge management looks at intangible assets such as tacit knowledge, social capital, ecological resources, art and so forth. It is also tightly related to regional issues. This book bridges the relationship between knowledge management and regional issues from the standpoint of sustainable development and illustrates how they can be integrated to overcome the constraints to grow.

The clarity and well-founded research of the book makes it a useful reference for students, researchers and businesses.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Literature Review 3. Research Framework 4. Mental Vitalization through Art 5. Creating Ecological Business 6. Regional Community as Business Platform 7. Sustainable Development through Re-designing Community 8. Globalization of Regional Communities 9. Practice of Regional Vitalization through Ecological Business 10. Summarized Discussions and Conclusions

About the Author

Makoto Hirano has received an MBA degree from Temple University in US and a PhD in International Business from Waseda University in Japan. For the past seven years he has been involved in research around regional development issues. He has visited more than two hundred enterprises and organizations in different regions of the world in order to study new management models for contemporary business related to the design of sustainable regional communities and the creation of intangible assets through art.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy

In an increasingly interdependent world, many of the most important issues are driven by economic forces. This series applies newly developed economic techniques to some of the most pressing contemporary problems. The aim of the series is to demonstrate the relevance of modern economic theory to the modern world economy, and to provide key reading for researchers and policy-makers.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General