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Alliance CapitalismThe Social Organization of Japanese Business$
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Michael Gerlach

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520208896

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520208896.001.0001

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The Organization of Japanese Business Networks

The Organization of Japanese Business Networks

(p.63) Chapter III The Organization of Japanese Business Networks
Alliance Capitalism

Michael L. Gerlach

University of California Press

This chapter discusses enterprise groups of Japanese industrial organization. It outlines the general patterns of relationships common to business networks in market economies and investigates how these are reflected in specific alliance patterns. The analyses reveal show that ownership structures of Japanese corporations are far more likely than in the U.S.A. to be organized as table relationships which endure over decades, to be reciprocated among mutually positioned companies.

Keywords:   enterprise groups, Japanese industrial organization, business networks, market economies, alliance patterns, ownership structures, Japanese corporations

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