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Strategic industrial sourcing : the Japanese advantage

Author: 西口, 敏宏(1952-) ; Toshihiro Nishiguchi
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the historical evolution of subcontracting in Japan and analyzes its current practice, outlining a new mode of contractual relations based on the principles of problem-solving collaborative manufacturing. This system strives towards continuous improvements in quality and cost reduction.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: 西口, 敏宏(1952-) ; Toshihiro Nishiguchi
ISBN: 0195071093 9780195071092
OCLC Number: 25630955
Description: xxi, 318 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Problem Setting --
Research Approach --
A New Explanation of Japanese Subcontracting --
Four Theories of Subcontracting --
The History of Subcontracting in Japan --
The Origins of Dualism and the Rise of Subcontracting in Japanese Manufacturing Industries, 1900-1945 --
Labor Mobility and Stabilization --
The Rise of Internal Labor Markets --
The Rise of Temporary Workers --
The Emergence of Subcontracting --
Modes of Subcontracting --
Politics and Prototypes --
The Emergence of Postwar Subcontracting, 1945-1960 --
Postwar Turmoil --
Unionism --
The Impact of the Dodge Plan --
The Korean War Boom and After --
Changing Socioeconomic Conditions --
The State of Technology --
The Postwar Rise of Subcontracting Systems --
Temporary Workers --
Government Policies --
The Transformation of Japanese Subcontracting, 1960-1990 --
The Recession of Dualism --
Producers' Strategies and the Market --
The Resurgence of the Keiretsu --
The Advantages of Subcontracting and the Emergence of Collaborative Manufacturing --
Long-term Contractual Relations --
The Emergence of Clustered Control --
New Modes of Subcontracting --
The Contemporary Practice of Subcontracting --
Asset Specificity Revisited --
Contract Assembly --
Asset Specificity --
The Survey --
Variations Within the Pattern --
Bargaining or Problem Solving? --
Perception of Customers --
Subcontractor Improvement Programs --
British Subcontractors and Japanese Transplants in the United Kingdom --
Sources of Entrepreneurship --
Sources of Flexibility --
Traditional Framework.
Responsibility: Toshihiro Nishiguchi.
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