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Forty Years On: Researching the Globalization of the Japanese Firm in the UK

Matanle, Peter (2007) Forty Years On: Researching the Globalization of the Japanese Firm in the UK. Asian Business & Management, 6 (4). pp. 431-449. ISSN 1472-4782


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Forty years have now passed since the economic relationship between Britain and Japan started to deepen beyond arms-length trading ties. This article presents an overview of research on the globalization of the Japanese firm by looking at work produced from the UK standpoint over the last four decades. By reconfiguring and re-presenting existing research on the Japanese firm, the article seeks to challenge some established orthodoxies by presenting analyses and arguments on the following three subjects: the system of employment in large Japanese organizations, industrial convergence and the ‘japanization’ of British industry thesis, and Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the UK. Although the article continues to recognise the relevance of cross-national perspectives and comparisons, it also urges scholars to take account in their discussions of socio-economic systems at the sub-national and trans-national levels of analysis.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This article is a post-review corrected version, and is the final version prior to publisher proofing. Readers are advised to refer to the published article for accurate citation and referencing. If you are unable to access the published version, then please contact the author at: p.matanle@sheffield.ac.uk.
Keywords: Japanese firm; japanization; foreign direct investment; lifetime employment
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of East Asian Studies (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Peter Matanle
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 11:38
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 20:38
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.abm.9200233
Status: Published
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1057/palgrave.abm.9200233
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43584

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