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Thoughts on Corporations East and West

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During my trip to China, I spent time deep in conversation with Iwao Nakatani , my friend from Harvard days, and Masayuki Iwata , a specialist on socialist economics, as we rode the bus to Dazhai, the “agricultural model district.” At that time the two of them were researching “labor-managed firms,” where the power is held not by stockholders but by the workers. The model for this type of firm originated from Yugoslavian firms, and this theory was being advanced in Europe and the U.S. We talked about how Japanese firms have a workers’ authority aspect as well.

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    The late Professor Hayao Kawai has written about this study group in “Geppō” (“Monthly Bulletin”) of Fujisawa Norio chosaku shū (Collected Works of Norio Fujiwawa), Iwanami Shoten (2000).

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    Asanuma, Banri (author) and Tatsuya Kikutani (ed.), Nihon no kigyō soshiki: kakushinteki tekiō no mekanizumu (Organization of Japanese firms: mechanism for innovative adaption), Tōyōkeizai Shinpōsha (1998).

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    Aoki, Masahiko and Ronald Dore (eds.), The Japanese Firm: Sources of Competitive Strength, Oxford University Press, 1994.

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Aoki, M. (2018). Thoughts on Corporations East and West. In: Transboundary Game of Life. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2757-5_22

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