The Rise and Fall of The 'Keiretsus' in Japan
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"The keiretsu structure and the close relations prevailing between Japanese industry and government minimize the risk of investment for Japanese executives to a level far below that faced by their American counterparts."
-Kenichi Ohmae in 1990.1
"The Nissan merger masterminded by Renault is a clear reflection of the weaknesses in the Japanese management system, which not so long ago had been revered by western business gurus"
-OECD Observer in 2000.2
There were wide ranging business links between small and medium-sized manufacturing firms in Japan and the Keiretsus, which meant that the Keiretsu structure left its imprint at all levels of the Japanese economy.
"Can a Keiretsu work in America?" Harvard Business Review, September-October
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