Authors: Kazuyoshi Ishii, Takaya Ichimura, Shuji Kondoh, Shusaku Hiraki
Addresses: Department of Management and Information, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Ohgigaoka 7-1, Nonoichi-machi, Ishikawa 921-8501, Japan. ' Department of Management, School of Business and Commerce, Nihon University, 2-1, Kinuta, 5-chome, Setagayaku, Tokyo 157-8570, Japan. ' Department of Social Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Asahidai, Tatsunokuchi, Ishikawa 923-1292, Japan. ' Faculty of Economic Sciences, Hiroshima Shudo University, 1-1 Ozuka Higashi 1-chome, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima 731-3195, Japan
Abstract: A model that aims at measuring the comparative advantage of a management system is proposed in this paper. The model consists of leadership, management resources, business process, and value of business output for stakeholders such as stockholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and corporate companies. We designed a questionnaire based on the proposed model and used it to compare Japanese industries with those in Asia, Europe, and the USA. One hundred answers were collected, and the results were analysed. This paper shows the strengths and weaknesses of the Japanese industry in terms of competitive edge and suggests future research directions that may help in increasing the overall capacity for the management system.
Keywords: comparative advantage; management systems; competitive edge; Japanese industry; Japan; business output value; total management activities; performance measurement; competitive advantage; leadership; management resources.
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2004 Vol.4 No.4, pp.393 - 406
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