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Palgrave Macmillan

Comparative Responses to Globalization

Experiences of British and Japanese Enterprises

ISBN 9781137263636
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The authors of this volume explore how British and Japanese firms have responded to globalization from a long-term perspective. Around the world, firms have responded to globalization in diverse ways, from expanding their operations, differentiating their products, normalizing risk, to adopting new knowledge. While many works have examined the impact of globalization on firms, most such studies are ahistorical and only focus on the recent phase of globalization, since the late 1970s. Comparative Responses to Globalization examines these developments from a historical perspective, as firms have been responding to globalization since at least the 19th century. It sheds light on the impact of the institutional setting; the influence of government and entrepreneurs; and the weight of historical contingency in conditioning firm responses. It also touches upon the extent to which specific varieties of capitalism or distances between certain cultures help explain firm responses to globalization.

MAKI UMEMURA is a Lecturer at the Cardiff Business School, UK. Her research interests are comparative business history, Japanese business, and the impact of globalization. Her publications include Reconsidering the Business of Pharmaceuticals, Enterprise and Society and The Japanese Pharmaceutical Industry. She obtained her PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics, UK.

RIKA FUJIOKA is a Professor in the Faculty of Commerce at Kansai University, Japan. Her research interests are in retail management and business history. Her recent publications include The Early Development of Department Stores in Japan, Keiei-Keizai [Business Economy] and Yuhikaku [The Development of Department Stores].

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List of Contributors
Notes on Conventions
Introduction: Comparative Perspectives of Globalization: Historical Reflections on British and Japanese Enterprises
An Empire of Goods? Groceries in Eighteenth-century England; J.Stobart
Globalization and Voluntary Consensus Standardization in the British Wire Industry c1880; A.Velkar
The City of London, British Ethnic and National Identities, and Investment Decisions in the Anglophone New World, 1860-1914; A.Smith
The Genesis of Modern Management of Technology: The Case of the Meiji Cotton Spinning Sector in Globalization Circa 1880s-1890s; E.Choi
Globalization and Family Business, The Renewal of Idemitsu Kosan, 1990s-2000s; M.Shimamoto
Jute, Firm Survival and British Industrial Policy: Government Action Under Globalization; C.Morelli
Emerging Market Strategies in Compact Vehicles: The Case of Japanese Automakers; H.Shioji
The Pressures of Globalization in Retail: The Path of Japanese Department Stores, 1930s-1980s; R.Fujioka
Globalization and Change in the Japanese Pharmaceutical Industry, 1990-2010; M.Umemura
The UK Pharmaceutical Industry: Challenges in an Era of Globalization; J.Slinn

EUGENE K. CHOI Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Technology Management, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
CARLO MORELLI Senior Lecturer in Business and Economic History, University of Dundee, Scotland
MINORU SHIMAMOTO Associate Professor, Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
HIROMI SHIOJI Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan
JUDY SLINN Senior, Lecturer, Department of Business and Management, Oxford Brookes University, UK
ANDREW SMITH Senior Lecturer in History, Coventry University, UK
JON STOBART Professor in History, University of Northampton, UK
AASHISH VELKAR Lecturer in History, University of Manchester, UK


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