The overall conclusion of the 10 country papers and integrated regional analysis in this volume is that, although they may take different forms in different national contexts, corporate governance reforms contribute to stability, continued progress for Asian firms, and balance between the interests of employers, employees, shareholders, and the public.
Survey projects on TFP conducted in 1998 and 2001 were discussed at an APO workshop in 2002, with the finalized report versions published here. Closer analysis of the factors contributing to TFP will aid in understanding the process of TFP growth, allowing policymakers to create an appropriate environment for it.
The result of time- and resource-consuming R&D is IPRs, although many developing countries face difficulties in exploiting them for the expected economic returns. The various issues surrounding IPRs and ways to protect them are discussed in four resource papers and an integrated symposium report.
Knowledge workers are important intangible assets and key sources of competitive advantage. Survey reports from India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand illustrate how a variety of organizations offer in-house training of knowledge workers for higher productivity.
This compendium documents the APO Best Practice Network (BPN) learning-and-sharing phase. The case studies from APO members Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand plus Australia are conveniently divided into sections on the balanced scorecard, frontline customer service, and people performance evaluation practices.
While the Asian financial crisis of 1997 obviously affected banking and business, its impact on agriculture was also profound, in many cases hitting the poorest social sectors the hardest. Papers from 11 APO members and three resource persons examine the lingering effects and how they could be mitigated in the event of a similar future crisis.
The development of nonfarm jobs in rural areas leads to more stable growth of the overall economy. Papers from 17 APO member countries examine issues in and methods to promote the development of agroindustries, rural–urban linkages, and nonfarm enterprises in the countryside.
Based on the presentations and proceedings of an APO study mission to Japan, this compilation showcases successful rural-based food-processing SMEs, many of which took a participatory integrated rural development approach to overcome constraints and contribute to enhanced farm incomes and the slowing of outmigration to urban areas.
Papers from 15 APO members conclude that agricultural diversification is a key to improved productivity and competitiveness, although several preconditions must generally be met before agricultural products can comply with international requirements.
Farming sustainably in inherently fragile upland areas, which have often been subjected to intensive low-yield agriculture for centuries, requires technical and institutional inputs that are not always available. Potential solutions that could make upland agriculture more productive and environmentally beneficial are described.