Business Networks in Japan: Supplier-Customer Interaction in by J Laage-Hellman

By J Laage-Hellman

The amazing luck of eastern has usually been attributed to the inter-corporate alliances and networks that exist within the jap financial system. Many commentators argue that's has been those networks which have been key to either the fast progress and luck of eastern undefined. company Networks in Japan explores the construction of supplier-customer networks via case experiences of 2 of Japan's greatest businesses: the Toshiba company and the Nippon metal company. Jens Laage-Hellman examines the benefits which have been won from cooperation with providers and consumers in business markets and the way they've been applied to increase and commercialize new items. Importantly, the research finds the variations and similarities within the networking and interacting behaviour of eastern and Western businesses, highlighting the significance of the japanese commercial tradition in absolutely realising the advantages of networks.

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One question concerns the type of collaboration partner. ) potential partners usually differ with respect to, for example, size, ownership, and technology, product and market orientation. And furthermore, should there be any preferences with regard to geographical location and national belonging? Should for example priority be given to domestic partners or actors from some other country? Another question is how many partners the company should have. In other words, should the cooperation be concentrated to a few selected key partners or should parallel exchange activities be carried out with a larger number of external actors?

In some cases these customer cooperations take place within the frame of a company-wide, permanent joint R&D organization. From the end of the 1970s, Nippon Steel has taken the initiative to establish such organizations at the corporate level with several of its largest domestic customers. ). These groups are permanent and normally meet twice a year to exchange information and discuss technical questions of common interest, When needed temporal subgroups are formed in order to work on specific tasks, such as the development of a new product or application.

Full-dip phosphating and primer coating. 3 The use of partial rust prevention such as edge sealer, adhesives, and chipping primer. 4 The use of corrosion-resistant steel. It is up to each automaker to decide which of these four methods should be concentrated on and how to combine them in designing the corrosion-resistant system. 2 Protection methods against corrosion of automobile bodies Source: Nippon Steel Corporation 44 Nippon Steel case: coated steel sheet manufacturers can thus be explained by the adoption of different concepts for corrosion protection (and the fact that the different methods affect each other).

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