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Interfirm networks in the Japanese electronics industry

Author: Paprzycki, Ralph Series: Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies RoutledgeCurzon Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon, 2005.Language: EnglishDescription: 183 p. : Graphs/Photos ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0415336740Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Interfirm Networks in the Japanese Electronics Industry Contents List of figures List of tables Acknowledgements 1 Introduction Problem setting 1 Research approach and outline 2 The keiretsu, subcontracting and the development of the electronics industry 6 2 The organization of production: theoretical considerations on networks and innovation Introduction 15 Industrial organization and network theory 17 Networks, technology and innovation 26 The morphology of networks 29 3 `Pyramidal' production networks in the Japanese electronics industry Introduction 33 Network members and the division of labour 35 Relationships: coordination and transaction linkages 41 Resources and (technological) capabilities 48 The pyramid 50 Concluding remarks 54 4 The Japanese electronics industry in the context of domestic and global challenges Introduction 56 Macroeconomic factors 57 xi xiii xv 1 15 33 56 iii Contents Shifting competition and the growing strength of foreign rivals 63 Technology and the rules of competition 66 Declining Japanese competitiveness -- some quantitative indicators 70 Concluding remarks 77 5 Pyramids under pressure: some evidence on aggregate trends in network arrangements Introduction 79 Internationalization 80 The subcontracting system under pressure 90 Technology and networking beyond the keiretsu 94 Concluding remarks 99 Appendix 100 6 Overseas production of low-end consumer products Introduction 103 Background 104 Company profiles 105 Network patterns 107 Analysis 113 Concluding remarks 116 7 Personal computers Introduction 118 Industry background 119 Company profiles 122 Network patterns 124 Analysis 132 Concluding remarks 135 8 Digital cameras Introduction 137 Industry background 137 Company profiles 143 Network patterns 145 Analysis 151 Concluding remarks 153 137 118 79 103 Contents ix 9 Conclusion Introduction 155 Summary and assessment of findings 155 Outlook 162 Notes Bibliography Index 155 164 173 181

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