Asia's Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization

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Oxford University Press, 1989 M09 7 - 400 pages
South Korea has been quietly growing into a major economic force that is even challenging some Japanese industries. This timely book examines South Korean growth as an example of "late industrialization," a process in which a nation's industries learn from earlier innovator nations, rather than innovate themselves. Discussing state intervention, shop floor management, and big business groups, Amsden explores the reasons for South Korea's phenomenal growth, paying special attention to the principle of reciprocity in which the government imposes strict performance standards on those industries and companies that it aids. She thereby shows how South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan were able to grow faster than other emerging nations such as Brazil, Turkey, India, and Mexico. With its new insights, Asia's Next Giant is essential reading for anyone concerned with global competition and the world economy.
 

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Contents

1 Industrializing through Learning
3
The State and Business History and Policies
25
Professional Management and Human Resources
157
The Dynamics of Dynamic Comparative Advantage
241
Epilogue
327
Bibliography
331
Name Index
353
Subject Index
359
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Alice H. Amsden is Professor of Economics on the Graduate Faulty of The New School for Social Research.

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