Organosis and Growth of Firms, Sectors and Countries
Chapter 5: The Process of Firm Operations: Core of the Atomic/Systemic Model of Economic Growth
5. The process of ﬁrm operations: core of the atomic/systemic model of economic growth 5.1 INTRODUCTION In the previous three chapters, OIs were at the centre of the analysis in order to demonstrate the need and the importance of the link between OIs and economic growth. In Chapter 2, a historical survey of the industrial growth of the USA and Japan revealed that OIs played a substantial role in promoting this growth in the last 130 years or so. In Chapter 3, the ﬁrst general links between OIs, TIs and economic growth were established from a theoretical aspect. In Chapter 4 these links became more concrete as very speciﬁc OIs were scrutinized in both countries, again from a theoretical viewpoint. More particularly, in the last section of Chapter 4, it was proposed that the ‘main’ axis of intraﬁrm operations, represented by the Fordism cum JIT/QC alignment, was the predominant force generating industrial growth (ceteris paribus regarding the other axes of the analysis). In this chapter, it remains to justify further why this main axis can be considered as the predominant force. This can take place by further examining the nature of ﬁrm activities or operations in order to advance deeper into the core (ﬁrm) of industrial evolution. The need for a deeper analysis also comes from two other factors; ﬁrst, OIs are related to a different process of ﬁrm activities from that of TIs and, second, industrial growth is generated by speciﬁc ﬁrms that lead the overall...
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