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In "Can Japan Compete?," world-renowned competition strategist Michael Porter and his colleagues explain why American assumptions about Japan have proved so inaccurate, what Japan must do to regain its strength, and what its journey can tell us about how to succeed in the new global economy.The research behind this book began in the early 1990s, at a time when Japan's economic success was overwhelmingly credited to the Japanese government and its unique management policies. Porter and his colleagues started by asking a crucial but previously overlooked question: If Japanese government policies and practices accounted for the nation's extraordinary competitiveness, then why wasn't Japan competitive in many of the industries where those policies had been prominently implemented? The authors and a team of colleagues surveyed a vast array of Japanese industries. This surprising book is the result of their work. The continuing influence of Japanese government and management strategies worldwide makes "Can Japan Compete?" a must read for anyone competing in the global economy.
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Michael E. Porter is the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is the author of a number of books on competitive strategy and international competitiveness, including the Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, now nearing its sixtieth printing.Review:
" Porter has done for international capitalism what Marx did for the class struggle....a real achievement." -- The Economist
"American executives are grasping for a logic to global competition... Mr. Porter has given them one." -- New York Times
"Porter's books on competitive strategy are the seminal works in the field." -- Philip Kotler, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
"Rich in lessons about why and how industries, regions, and nations succeed or fail." -- Business Week
"Three overarching game plans that work... explain how thousands of real-world competitors come out on top." -- Fortune
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