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Jones, Geoffrey G.;Egawa, Masako;Yamazaki, Mayuka
Considers the entrepreneurial career of the founder of Mitsubishi, Yataro Iwasaki, who built a large shipping company against the opposition of powerful Western incumbents. Although sometimes supported by the Japanese government, and often times opposed, the case identifies Iwasaki''s entrepreneurial talent and organization-building skills as key drivers of success. This case provides a vehicle for examining the entrepreneurial factors behind Japan''s remarkable transition from a feudal to a modern society in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Business & government relations;Business history;Entrepreneurs;Entrepreneurship;Globalization;Leadership;Organizational structure
Case Teaching Plan, (9-316-083), 8p, by Geoffrey G. Jones, Jessica Burch