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Alliance Capitalism: The Social Organization of Japanese Business

Michael Gerlach


Business practices in Japan inspire fierce and even acrimonious debate, especially when they are compared to American ones. This book attempts to explain the remarkable economic success of Japan in the postwar period—a success it is crucial for us to understand in a time marked by controversial trade imbalances and concerns over competitive industrial performance. It focuses on what it calls the intercorporate alliance, the innovative and increasingly pervasive practice of bringing together a cluster of affiliated companies that extends across a broad range of markets. The best known of these ... More

Keywords: Japan, business practices, postwar period, intercorporate alliance, keiretsu, enterprise groups, Japanese businesses, business networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780520208896
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520208896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Gerlach, author