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Management of Technology and Innovation in Japan

  • Cornelius Herstatt
  • Christoph Stockstrom
  • Hugo Tschirky
  • Akio Nagahira

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Strategic Aspects

  3. Process Aspects

  4. Organizational Aspects

  5. Cultural Aspects

  6. Implementational Aspects

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-406

About this book

Introduction

What Makes this Book Unique? No crystal ball is required to safely predict, that in the future – even more than in the past – mastered innovativeness will be a primary criterion distinguishing s- cessful from unsuccessful companies. At the latest since Michael Porter’s study on the competitiveness of nations, the same criterion holds even for the evaluation of entire countries and national economies. Despite the innumerable number of p- lications and recommendations on innovation, competitive innovativeness is still a rare competency. The latest publication of UNICE – the European Industry - ganization representing 20 million large, midsize and small companies – speaks a clear language: Europe qualifies to roughly 60% (70%) of the innovation strength of the US (Japan). The record unemployment in many EU countries does not c- tradict this message. A main reason may be given by the fact that becoming an innovative organi- tion means increased openness towards the new and more tolerance towards risks and failures, both challenging the inherently difficult management art of cultural change. Further, lacking innovativeness is often related to legal and fiscal barriers which rather hinder than foster innovative activities. Yet another reason to explain Europe’s notorious innovation gap refers to insufficient financial R&D resources on the company as well as on the national level. As a result, for example, hi- ranking decisions on the level of the European Commission are taken to increase R&D expenditures in the European Union from roughly 2% to 3% of GNP.

Keywords

Forschung & Entwicklung Japan Technology Technology Management development innovation innovation management internationalization management organization production strategy

Editors and affiliations

  • Cornelius Herstatt
    • 1
  • Christoph Stockstrom
    • 1
  • Hugo Tschirky
    • 2
  • Akio Nagahira
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Technologie- und InnovationsmanagementTU Hamburg-HarburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Technology and Innovation ManagementETH ZürichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Graduate School of Engineering Management of Science and Technology (MOST)Tohoku UniversitySendai City Miyagi PrefectureJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-31248-X
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-25326-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-31248-2
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