Japan’s SME policies have reached a turning point. The traditional policy of "lifting up SMEs" has been changed into a more pro-competitive policy to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in SMEs. This paper evaluates this policy and the new innovation promotion schemes initiated by METI through an examination of plant-level micro data. Longitudinal micro-data from the Census of Manufacturing are linked to the list of firms
The OECD Council has agreed that negotiations should commence as soon as possible on a new Shipbuilding Agreement to deal with government support measures (including direct subsidies) and pricing and other practices that distort the shipbuilding ...
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Extract of the mandate given by the OECD Council to the Special Negotiating Group.
Agreements related to shipbuildings.
This paper examines the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on technical production efficiency in a wide range of Italian industries.
Below are background papers prepared for the International Symposium on Measuring and Reporting Intellectual Capital in Amsterdam 9-11 June 1999
This paper discusses the implications of tax policy for the growth of entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
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Business and Industry Policy Forum on Global Industrial Restructuring: Recent Trends and Policy Issues, Paris, 19 February 2002
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The purpose of the Forum was to draw major stakeholders from government, industry and trade unions together to examine: i) the effects of the global economic slowdown and the events of 11 September on the global restructuring strategies being pur...
Organisational change encompasses production processes (quality management, lean production, business re-engineering), management approaches (teamwork, training, flexible work and compensation) and external relations (outsourcing, customer relations, networking). Performance improvements from organisational investments are greatest when production, management and consumer approaches are combined, and when these bundled practices are