The Power to Compete

This is the reality readers must confront in The Power to Compete, a truly one-of-a-kind book with a sensitive approach to the most pressing issues faced by Asia's island nation.

Author: Hiroshi Mikitani

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119000600

Category: Business & Economics

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"If you're as interested in Japan as I am, I think you'll find that The Power to Compete is a smart and thought-provoking look at the future of a fascinating country." - Bill Gates, "5 Books to Read This Summer" Father and son – entrepreneur and economist – search for Japan's economic cure The Power to Compete tackles the issues central to the prosperity of Japan – and the world – in search of a cure for the "Japan Disease." As founder and CEO of Rakuten, one of the world's largest Internet companies, author Hiroshi Mikitani brings an entrepreneur's perspective to bear on the country's economic stagnation. Through a freewheeling and candid conversation with his economist father, Ryoichi Mikitani, the two examine the issues facing Japan, and explore possible roadmaps to revitalization. How can Japan overhaul its economy, education system, immigration, public infrastructure, and hold its own with China? Their ideas include applying business techniques like Key Performance Indicators to fix the economy, using information technology to cut government bureaucracy, and increasing the number of foreign firms with a head office in Japan. Readers gain rare insight into Japan's future, from both academic and practical perspectives on the inside. Mikitani argues that Japan's tendency to shun international frameworks and hide from global realities is the root of the problem, while Mikitani Sr.'s background as an international economist puts the issue in perspective for a well-rounded look at today's Japan. Examine the causes of Japan's endless economic stagnation Discover the current efforts underway to enhance Japan's competitiveness Learn how free market "Abenomics" affected Japan's economy long-term See Japan's issues from the perspective of an entrepreneur and an economist Japan's malaise is seated in a number of economic, business, political, and cultural issues, and this book doesn't shy away from hot topics. More than a discussion of economics, this book is a conversation between father and son as they work through opposing perspectives to help their country find The Power to Compete.
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The Power of Promise

The thirty-second report of the Lok Sabha Standing Committee on Energy in
2003 was explicit in trying to get nuclear power to compete fairly with other
sources of power. The Committee find that fixation of tariff for Nuclear Power
Plants is not ...

Author: M V Ramana

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9788184755596

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

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Nuclear power has been held out as possibly the most important source of energy for India. And the dream of a nuclear-powered India has been supported by huge financial budgets and high-level political commitment for over six decades. Nuclear power has also been presented as safe, environmentally benign and cheap. Physicist and writer M.V. Ramana offers a detailed narrative of the evolution of India’s nuclear energy programme, examining different aspects of it and the claims of success made on its behalf. In The Power of Promise he makes a historically nuanced and compelling argument as to why the nuclear energy programme has failed in the past and why its future is dubious. Ramana shows that nuclear power has been more expensive than conventional forms of electricity generation, that the ever-present risk of catastrophic accidents is heightened by observed organizational inadequacies at nuclear facilities, and that existing nuclear fuel cycle facilities have been correlated with impacts on public health and the environment. He offers detailed information and analysis that should serve to deepen the debate on whether India should indeed embark on a massive nuclear programme.
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The New Way to Compete

Size or shape? Personal style? Flair and polish? Ability to give a stirring speech
in public? The answer: none of the above. For all practical purposes, charisma is
the ability to attract, influence, and motivate people. Nothing more, nothing less.

Author: Harry A. Olson

Publisher: Wellness Institute, Inc.

ISBN: 1587410508

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

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Europe United

First, they must possess enough aggregate power to compete with their opponent
. If they do not, there is no point in joining forces. Second, they must have some
reasonable expectation that they will not be destroyed the moment they begin to

Author: Sebastian Rosato

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801461464

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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The construction of the European Community (EC) has widely been understood as the product of either economic self-interest or dissatisfaction with the nation-state system. In Europe United, Sebastian Rosato challenges these conventional explanations, arguing that the Community came into being because of balance of power concerns. France and the Federal Republic of Germany—the two key protagonists in the story—established the EC at the height of the cold war as a means to balance against the Soviet Union and one another. More generally, Rosato argues that international institutions, whether military or economic, largely reflect the balance of power. In his view, states establish institutions in order to maintain or increase their share of world power, and the shape of those institutions reflects the wishes of their most powerful members. Rosato applies this balance of power theory of cooperation to several other cooperative ventures since 1789, including various alliances and trade pacts, the unifications of Italy and Germany, and the founding of the United States. Rosato concludes by arguing that the demise of the Soviet Union has deprived the EC of its fundamental purpose. As a result, further moves toward political and military integration are improbable, and the economic community is likely to unravel to the point where it becomes a shadow of its former self.
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Can East Asia Compete

The power of the Internet is likely to grow, and its full potential gradually realized
as many other complementary physical facilities, skills, and organizational
capabilities fall into place. Companies and markets will need to be restructured,
new ...

Author: Simon J. Evenett

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821383421

Category: Political Science

Page: 228

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East Asian economies of the 1980s and much of the 1990s were among the most competitive exporters of manufactured products and were also able to sustain growth rates far higher than those of other countries, developing or industrial. However, the economic crisis of 1997-98 impacted the economies of these countries. Although recovery began fairly quickly in some countries, others have yet to regain their growth momentum. 'Can East Asia Compete?' looks at whether or not East Asia can restore its near magical performance, or is its competitive strength beginning to wane. This volume argues that East Asian countries have far from exhausted their growth potential. However, future competitiveness will depend on much greater innovative capability in manufacturing and services, innovativeness that is grounded in stronger institutions, improved macroeconomic policies, and closer regional coordination. 'Can East Asia Compete?' clearly summarizes the issues currently being debated and provides guidance to East Asian economies on how to deal with the policy concerns that lie ahead.
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Brand Management

Power brands rarely compete on product strength . A good , technically sound
product is taken for granted in the power brand strategy . Power brands start to
evolve from the stage where product brands stop . Product excellence in the
current ...

Author: Harsh V. Verma

Publisher: Excel Books India

ISBN: 8174464808

Category: Brand name products

Page: 477

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Brands are wealth generators of the 21st century. With this in mind 'Brand Management' focuses on the key decision areas of competition and brand, concept of brand, brand equity, brand over time and branding strategies. The theoretical constructs are illustrated using case studies.
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21st Century Economics A Reference Handbook

John Vrooman (2009) finds that if owners are win maximizing in nature, then they
will erode their own monopsony power and compete aggressively for player
talent. He states that the fact that most professional payrolls are about 60% of the

Author: Rhona C. Free

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412961424

Category: Business & Economics

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Interest in economics is at an all-time high. Among the challenges facing the nation is an economy with rapidly rising unemployment, failures of major businesses and industries, and continued dependence on oil with its wildly fluctuating price. Americans are debating the proper role of the government in company bailouts, the effectiveness of tax cuts versus increased government spending to stimulate the economy, and potential effects of deflation. Economists have dealt with such questions for generations, but they have taken on new meaning and significance. Tackling these questions and encompassing analysis of traditional economic theory and topics as well as those that economists have only more recently addressed, 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook is intended to meet the needs of several types of readers. Undergraduate students preparing for exams will find summaries of theory and models in key areas of micro and macroeconomics. Readers interested in learning about economic analysis of an issue as well students embarking on research projects will find introductions to relevant theory and empirical evidence. And economists seeking to learn about extensions of analysis into new areas or about new approaches will benefit from chapters that introduce cutting-edge topics. To make the book accessible to undergraduate students, models have been presented only in graphical format (minimal calculus) and empirical evidence has been summarized in ways that do not require much background in statistics or econometrics. It is thereby hoped that chapters will provide both crucial information and inspiration in a non-threatening, highly readable format.
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Learning From World Class Manufacturers

M. Szwejczewski, Malcolm Jones. ('a muddy price war') and Innovation and
product power are needed for producers to grow their business. Let us briefly
look at how companies compete using each of the criteria: Competingon Quality.

Author: M. Szwejczewski

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137292308

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 218

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Manufacturing managers are still focused on the short-term tactical issues related to their business. Strategic issues tend to receive less attention. However, manufacturing can play an important strategic role. This book helps managers consider the strategic roles their operations can play and to provide guidance as to what actions can be taken.
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Marketing Public Health

... provide public health professionals with the power and ability to compete
successfully for the survival of public health programs and for public health as an
institution . Chapter 4 showed that the practice of public health itself is threatened

Author: Michael Siegel (M.D.)

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 0763726516

Category: Medical

Page: 530

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Prepare your students for careers in public health, social marketing, health communication, media advocacy, and health promotion with this ideal textbook. Marketing Public Health is the ultimate one-stope guide to every stage of the marketing campaign, from planning to execution to evaluation and refinement. The text contains many case studies, anecdotes, illustrations, and examples. It is written in clear language, with simple terms, and a helpful glossary to help students navigate through unfamiliar terrain.
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When Schools Compete

Thus as the state withdrew from its traditional role of operating schools, it filled
the void with a system that protected the power of the state to pursue its goals for
education while delegating significant but limited power to local boards of

Author: Edward B. Fiske

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815798490

Category: Education

Page: 342

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In 1989 New Zealand embarked on what is arguably the most thorough and dramatic transformation of a compulsory state education system ever undertaken by an industrialized country. Under a plan known as Tomorrow's Schools this island nation of 3.8 million people abolished its national Department of Education and turned control of its nearly 2,700 primary and secondary schools over to locally elected boards of trustees. Virtually overnight, one of the world's most tightly controlled public education systems became one of the most decentralized. Two years later, in 1991, with a new government in power, New Zealand enacted further reforms that introduced full parental choice of schools and encouraged the development of a competitive culture in the state education system. Debate rages in the United States about whether similar reforms would improve the performance of the country's troubled public school system. Judgments about the potential benefits of these ideas, as well as the general relevance of economic models to educational systems, tap into deeply held values, and discussion in the U.S. has been hampered by the lack of practical experience with them. The extended and widespread experiences of New Zealand, whose school system functions much like our own, provide U.S. policy makers with a wide range of appropriate insights and implications to consider as they gauge the merits of bold education reform. When Schools Compete is the first book to provide detailed quantitative and qualitative analysis of the New Zealand experiment. Combining the perceptive observations of a prominent education journalist and the analytical skills of an academic policy analyst, this book will help supporters and critics of market-based education reforms better anticipate the potential long-term consequences of applying ideas of market competition to the delivery of education.
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The Power to Collaborate

POWER. The desire to improve regional competitiveness has encouraged cities
and municipalities within regions to ... that collaboration between regional
stakeholders increases the ability of the region to compete with other similar

Author: Nadav Haran

Publisher: Eburon Uitgeverij B.V.

ISBN: 9789059723559

Category: City planning

Page: 226

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Helping America compete the role of federal scientific technical information

Continuous, steady improvement in the price/performance of microcomputers has
resulted in the power of a 1970s-vintage mainframe computer now being on the
desktop of the typical scientist. The microcomputer can be used to search, ...


Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9781428921917


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The United States must make better use of its scientific and technical information (STI) resources, if it wishes to be competitive in world markets and maintain its leadership. STI is an essential ingredient of the innovation process from education and research to product development and manufacturing. It is a major product of the $65 billion per year the U.S. Government spends on research and development (R & D); researchers need ready access to STI if they are to stay at the cutting edge. Many issues of our time-health, energy, transportation, and climate change-require STI to understand the nature and complexities of the problem and to identify and assess possible solutions. STI is important not only to scientists and engineers but to political, business, and other leaders who must make decisions related to science and technology, and to the citizens who must live with the consequences of these decisions.
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The Power of Countertransference

It is a time for being free of attachment to irrational authority and for achieving
separation and individuation without guilt. Just as adolescents compete with their
parents and even gloat when they discover that they are stronger, faster, ...

Author: Karen J. Maroda

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135060527

Category: Psychology

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A signpost of the relational turn in contemporary psychoanalysis, Karen Maroda's The Power of Countertransference, published in 1991, is perhaps the first systematic effort to integrate the need for mutual emotional exchanges, which may include the analyst's own self-disclosures, into an interactive model of psychoanalytic practice. Maroda's call for emotional honesty and affective self-disclosure had an immediate impact on the field and led Harold Searles to comment, "If we follow the example set by Maroda, we shall be minimally likely to 'act in' our emotions in our sessions with our patients. They will benefit greatly as a result; we practitioners shall benefit; and the profession of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy will become healthier and stronger than it is at present." This revised edition includes a new Foreword by Lewis Aron and an Afterword in which Maroda clarifies her own position and comments on the evolution of psychoanalytic technique since the publication of The Power of Countertransference.
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The Romanization of Britain

... the fossilization of power in the early Empire ; indeed the process led to a
steady replacement of the families at the top of the pyramid in Rome as fortunes
waxed and waned . There was a strong reliance on a desire and an ability to
compete ...

Author: Martin Millett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521428645

Category: History

Page: 255

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This book sets out to provide a new synthesis of recent archaeological work in Roman Britain.
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The Third Millenium

One panel member made the comparison between the role the micro-computer
has had and is likely to have on small businesses and their ability to compete
effectively with large businesses, with that of the Colt 45 on the frontier.

Author: DIANE Publishing Company

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 0788133055


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To assess the future of small business & entrepreneurship in the 21st century, a series of 15 focus groups were held between Oct. 1994 & January 1995 in: youth entrepreneurship; micro-business; women-owned business; high technology entrepreneurs; commercial banking; venture capital & investment banking, small business & entrepreneurship education, futurists, media, former SBA administrators & chief counsels for advocacy, business opinion leaders, family business, fast growth businesses, & entrepreneurs. Charts, tables & graphs.
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Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power

Modernity , he argued , disperses power into the hands of a plethora of
autonomous , self - organizing power holders that compete with more genuine
political institutions such as parliaments or governments . In the eyes of the
conservative ...

Author: Lutz Peter Koepnick

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803227442

Category: Philosophy

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Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power explores Walter Benjamin?s seminal writings on the relationship between mass culture and fascism. The book offers a nuanced reading of Benjamin?s widely influential critique of aesthetic politics, while it contributes to current debates about the cultural projects of Nazi Germany, the changing role of popular culture in the twentieth century, and the way in which Nazi aesthetics have persisted into the present. Lutz Koepnick first explores the development of the aestheticization thesis in Benjamin?s work from the early 1920s to his death in 1940. Pushing Benjamin?s fragmentary remarks to a logical conclusion, Koepnick sheds light on the ways in which the Nazis employed industrial mass culture to redress the political as a self-referential space of authenticity and self-assertion. Koepnick then examines to what extent Benjamin?s analysis of fascism holds up to recent historical analyses of the National Socialist period and whether Benjamin?s aestheticization thesis can help conceptualize cultural politics today. Although Koepnick insists on crucial differences between the stage-managing of political action in modern and postmodern societies, he argues throughout that it is in Benjamin?s emphatic insistence on experience that we may find the relevance of his reflections today. Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Power is both an important contribution to Benjamin studies and a revealing addition to our understanding of the Third Reich and of contemporary culture?s uneasy relationship to Nazi culture.
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Large Dams

ABSTRACT This article reviews the hydropower industry's present poor
performance and outlines actions that are ... Only through a restructuring of the
industry will firms emerge with the ability to compete in the international power
market. 1.

Author: Anthony H. J. Dorcey

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 082134028X

Category: Business & Economics

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In 1996 the World Bank Operations Evaluation Department completed an internal review of 50 large dams funded by the World Bank. IUCN-The World Conservation Union and the World Bank agreed to jointly host a workshop in April 1997 to discuss the findings of the review and their implications for a more in-depth study. The workshop broke new ground by bringing together representatives from governments, the private sector, international financial institutions and civil society organizations to address three issues: critical advances needed in knowledge and practice, methodologies and approaches required to achieve these advances, and proposals for a follow-up process involving all stakeholders.
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The Power Elite

As these hierarchies and these media have come to overlay American society,
new types of prestigeful men and women have come to compete with, to
supplement, and even to displace the society lady and the man of pedigreed

Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199756333

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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First published in 1956, The Power Elite stands as a contemporary classic of social science and social criticism. C. Wright Mills examines and critiques the organization of power in the United States, calling attention to three firmly interlocked prongs of power: the military, corporate, and political elite. The Power Elite can be read as a good account of what was taking place in America at the time it was written, but its underlying question of whether America is as democratic in practice as it is in theory continues to matter very much today. What The Power Elite informed readers of in 1956 was how much the organization of power in America had changed during their lifetimes, and Alan Wolfe's astute afterword to this new edition brings us up to date, illustrating how much more has changed since then. Wolfe sorts out what is helpful in Mills' book and which of his predictions have not come to bear, laying out the radical changes in American capitalism, from intense global competition and the collapse of communism to rapid technological transformations and ever changing consumer tastes. The Power Elite has stimulated generations of readers to think about the kind of society they have and the kind of society they might want, and deserves to be read by every new generation.
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The Power of Law in a Transnational World

It can be actualized in social interaction when the exercise of power is
rationalized and justified with reference to law.1 Of course, other means for
constituting and legitimating power and exercising social control coexist and
compete with legal ...

Author: Franz Von Benda-Beckmann

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9780857456151

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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How is law mobilized and who has the power and authority to construct its meaning? This important volume examines this question as well as how law is constituted and reconfigured through social processes that frame both its continuity and transformation over time. The volume highlights how power is deployed under conditions of legal pluralism, exploring its effects on livelihoods and on social institutions, including the state. Such an approach not only demonstrates how the state, through its various development programs and organizational structures, attempts to control territory and people, but also relates the mechanisms of state control to other legal modes of control and regulation at both local and supranational levels.
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