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date: 26 September 2020

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This chapter examines effective innovation management in Japan. Despite Japan’s mixed economic performance over recent times, companies in a number of important sectors remain highly innovative. The chapter explores the capabilities firms have developed to enable them to innovate effectively. It applies an evolutionary framework of design-based comparative advantage, which links capabilities, product architecture, and performance. Special attention is paid to Japan’s automotive industry.

Keywords: innovation management, Japan, economic performance, evolutionary framework, comparative advantage, product architecture, product performance, automotive industry

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