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Global Perspective Archive

October 1, 1997

Decentralizing Telecommunications in Latin America

Telecommunications is key to the growth of Latin America's Southern Cone. But to get the most growth, centralized national networks must give way to regional systems that ignore borders.
October 1, 1997

"Inside the Kaisha: Demystifying Japanese Business Behavior" by Noboru Yoshimura and Philip Anderson

Inside the Kaisha:Demystifying Japanese Business Behavior by Noboru Yoshimura and Philip Anderson (259 pages, Harvard Business School Press, 1997)
April 1, 1997

Steering a New Course for Japanese Management

If Japan is to be a front-runner in the era of innovation it must demonstrate leadership in developing new industries and products. To do so requires managers to adopt a new "hands-on" approach and to take greater risks.
April 1, 1997

Business Expectations and Strategy for the United States of Europe

The European Union is the largest single market in the world, and among the most affluent. Does that mean companies should be poised for expansion into the EU? It may take another three to four years before the market stabilizes enough for global players to think about establishing new EU locations.
April 1, 1997

"One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism" by William Greider

One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism by William Greider (397 pages, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997)
April 1, 1997

Competing in Emerging Countries: The Case of Latin America

As one of the world's most dynamic regions, Latin America's tranforming economies offer large-scale opportunities and challenges for multinational players.
January 1, 1997

The Art and Practice of Japanese Management

Japan's extraordinary postwar industrial success was defined by lean production, consensus and continuous improvement. But lately it has been the country's perceived weak points, such as lifetime employment and over-regulation, that have come to the forefront of the debate on Japanese management. But new ideas are emerging with the younger, more flexible generation of Japanese managers, which means there will still be plenty for the outside world to learn from Japan. Adapted from "The Witch Doctors" (Times Books, 1996).
January 1, 1997

Competing in Constellations: The Case of Fuji Xerox

The relationship between Xerox and Fuji Xerox, its joint venture in Japan, is the centerpiece of this commentary on how alliances among companies are forging new units of economic power known as "constellations." Internal rivalry can put constellations at a disadvantage against single-company rivals, and the ability to manage the balance of competition and cooperation is critical to success.