The Resource Lean and mean : the changing landscape of corporate power in the age of flexibility, Bennett Harrison

Lean and mean : the changing landscape of corporate power in the age of flexibility, Bennett Harrison

Label
Lean and mean : the changing landscape of corporate power in the age of flexibility
Title
Lean and mean
Title remainder
the changing landscape of corporate power in the age of flexibility
Statement of responsibility
Bennett Harrison
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
""Downsizing" seems to be the (widely applauded) order of the day for giant firms like General Motors, IBM, and General Electric. Is big business on the way out? Are small firms better at generating new jobs and spurring technological innovation?" "In this myth-shattering book, one of our leading political economists argues that, contrary to prevailing wisdom, the big firm not only is alive and well but is becoming more flexible and efficient. Smaller companies have an important role to play - as suppliers, as proving grounds for specialized designers, and as valuable sources of employment in low income communities - but long-term economic growth lies ultimately where it always has: with the country's largest, most resourceful global companies." "This book shows how, in response to international competition, big companies are becoming leaner. Powerful multinational corporations are focusing on their core businesses and contracting out other activities, forming strategic alliances with domestic and foreign partners. Drawing on case studies and empirical research from the United States, Japan, and Europe, Bennett Harrison shows that smaller companies are not responsible for most of the new jobs being created (which may be a good thing, since they pay substantially lower wages and benefits) and are not using, let alone developing, the most up-to-date technologies." "Lean and Mean is the first book to help us understand, and learn to live with, the brave new world of business organization, where economic activities are decentralized but where big firms continue to be in control. How to reconcile the private advantages of networks led by these big firms with the public goals of ensuring high labor standards and a just distribution of income and how to upgrade the capabilities of the small firms are the great business challenges of our day."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harrison, Bennett
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD69.S5
LC item number
H367 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Industries
  • Industrial concentration
  • Corporate reorganizations
  • Pays développés
  • Dimension de l'entreprise
  • Corporatisme
  • Concentration industrielle
  • Analyse comparative
  • Corporate reorganizations
  • Industrial concentration
  • Industries
  • Midden- en kleinbedrijf
  • Flexibiliteit
  • Organisatieverandering
  • Internationale ondernemingen
  • Klein- und Mittelbetrieb
  • Multinationales Unternehmen
  • Lean Management
  • Internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit
  • Strategische Allianz
  • Netzwerk
Label
Lean and mean : the changing landscape of corporate power in the age of flexibility, Bennett Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-309) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Big firms, small firms, network firms -- Reassessing the idea that small firms are the economic development drivers -- The myth of small firms as job generators -- Are small firms the technology leaders? -- The evolution (and devolution?) of the Italian industrial districts -- Is Silicon Valley an industrial district? -- The emerging system of globally networked production -- "Flexibility" and the emergence of large firm-led production networks -- Large firm-centered networked production systems in Japan and Europe -- Interfirm production networks in the United States -- The dark side of flexible production -- Rethinking economic development policy -- Economic development policy in a world of lean and mean production
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 324 pages
Isbn
9780465069422
Lccn
93040397
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29387308
  • (OCoLC)ocm29387308
Label
Lean and mean : the changing landscape of corporate power in the age of flexibility, Bennett Harrison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-309) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Big firms, small firms, network firms -- Reassessing the idea that small firms are the economic development drivers -- The myth of small firms as job generators -- Are small firms the technology leaders? -- The evolution (and devolution?) of the Italian industrial districts -- Is Silicon Valley an industrial district? -- The emerging system of globally networked production -- "Flexibility" and the emergence of large firm-led production networks -- Large firm-centered networked production systems in Japan and Europe -- Interfirm production networks in the United States -- The dark side of flexible production -- Rethinking economic development policy -- Economic development policy in a world of lean and mean production
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 324 pages
Isbn
9780465069422
Lccn
93040397
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29387308
  • (OCoLC)ocm29387308

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