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The Embedded Corporation:
Corporate Governance and Employment Relations in Japan and the United States
Sanford M. Jacoby

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"The rich historical and contemporary data contained in The Embedded Corporation will disappoint those who want to believe that the American styles of capitalism and human resource management are destined to take over the world. Instead, thanks to Sanford Jacoby we now have the nuanced understanding of how Japanese and American firms differ in these two important areas, and yet how global pressures are moving them in some similar directions. Anyone who seeks to change corporate practices in Japan or the U.S., or who writes about these issues, should stop doing so until they read and absorb the lessons of this masterpiece in comparative research."--Thomas A. Kochan, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Sanford Jacoby has provided us with a persuasive and informed perspective on a truly important issue: the reform of corporate governance and employment practices. In addition to his historical analysis, he offers a remarkable comparison of the United States and Japan based on the human resource function in large firms. In recent years, both Japan and the United States have become oriented toward the market and shareholders, yet the gap between them has widened. In an impressive way, this conclusion underscores the existence of 'the embedded corporation' and the varieties of capitalism."--Takeshi Inagami, University of Tokyo

"This very clearly written book represents the first serious attempt to chart what has been happening to the way in which Japanese and American companies have reorganized internally over the last decade of so-called 'globalization.' Moreover, it is by someone widely regarded as one of the leading experts on the subject. Marvelously interesting to read, it will illumine an important and murky debate."--David Soskice, Department of Political Science, Duke University, coauthor of Varieties of Capitalism

"A splendid book, lucid, cogent, and written in a style that is a pleasure to read. The Embedded Corporation is a major contribution to several academic fields, from management studies to industrial sociology to political economy. It will also appeal to human resources people concerned for the future of their profession, those curious about where the Japanese economy is headed, and people generally interested in the distribution of power and income in American society."--Ronald Dore, London School of Economics, author of Stock Market Capitalism

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