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Japanese multinationals: An evolutionary theory and some global political implications for the 1990's

Rapp, William V.

Large Japanese multinationals producing manufactured goods are the source of much of the political friction Japan has with other countries. It is thus useful to understand these firms' strategic behavior and to predict some of the logical competitive and political economic consequences of the likely continuation, further implementation, and potential success of their strategies. Context is important, so I first examine the possible application of several theories of competitive behavior to the case of large Japanese multinational manufacturing firms. Further, this paper is part of a larger research effort, just beginning, that will examine the competitive dynamics and strategic evolution of these firms.

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Center on Japanese Economy and Business
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Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University
Series
Center on Japanese Economy and Business Working Papers, 61
Published Here
February 8, 2011
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