Corporate restructuring in Japan part I

Can M-form organization manage diverse businesess?

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the recent organizational restructuring in Japan in the framework of organizational economics, assuming that the product/market portfolio of the firm is fixed. How does a firm set about organizing its internal divisions? I first summarize some stylized facts on corporate diversification strategy and multi-divisional (M-form) organization in large Japanese firms from different perspectives. I then analyse the problem of choosing an organizational form. In particular, I argue that, precisely because of its related diversification, the multi-business Japanese firm adopting the M-form finds it difficult to differentiate its diverse businesses internally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-73
Number of pages25
JournalJapanese Economic Review
Volume54
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar
Externally publishedYes

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Corporate restructuring in Japan part I : Can M-form organization manage diverse businesess? / Itoh, Hideshi.

In: Japanese Economic Review, Vol. 54, No. 1, 03.2003, p. 49-73.

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