I discuss Eleanor Westney’s significant contributions to the field of Japanese business studies in four regards. First, her genuine interest in Japan and her deep knowledge of Japan and its language drove her thorough investigation of Japanese business and management. Second, her disciplinary approach to Japanese business and society has added value to the studies of Japanese businesses by linking idiosyncratic phenomena to general sociological perspectives. Third, she played a bridging role, facilitating interactions between the Western and Japanese academic communities. Finally, she has been extremely positive, encouraging, and inspiring to people worldwide working in the field. Westney’s contribution to academia clearly reaches beyond the field of Japanese business studies and extends to the entire field of international business and R&D/innovation management.
I would like to thank Jesper Edman, Kiyohiko Ito, Ikujiro Nonaka, Elizabeth Rose, and Kiyonori Sakakibara for their insights and information necessary for the preparation of the manuscript.
Asakawa, K. (2014), "Professor D. Eleanor Westney and Japanese Business Studies", Orchestration of the Global Network Organization (Advances in International Management, Vol. 27), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 23-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1571-502720140000027017
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