Strategic Industrial Sourcing: The Japanese Advantage

Hardcover | October 1, 1994

byToshihiro Nishiguchi

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A major aspect of Japan's international economic success has been its industrial firms' ability to develop a system of subcontracting with suppliers. Through an exploration of the evolution of subcontracting in Japan as well as an analysis of its current practice in advanced economies,Nishiguchi reveals what he believes to be the shortcomings of existing theories of contractual relations. He shows that subcontracting can be described as the evolutionary product of complex historical interaction among social, political, technological, and company-level strategic plans--but not oneconstrained by culture. This makes it possible for other countries to use models similar to those employed in Japan, encouraging continuous improvement in product quality and cost reduction.

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Why is it that Japanese manufacturers can produce such a great variety of goods with breathtaking speed and quality while outsourcing so extensively? Strategic Industrial Sourcing provides the first comprehensive look at the evolution of a powerful system of supplier relations in Japan. Indeed, supplier relations are at the heart of wo...

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A major aspect of Japan's international economic success has been its industrial firms' ability to develop a system of subcontracting with suppliers. Through an exploration of the evolution of subcontracting in Japan as well as an analysis of its current practice in advanced economies,Nishiguchi reveals what he believes to be the short...

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Why is it that Japanese manufacturers can produce such a great variety of goods with breathtaking speed and quality while outsourcing so extensively? Strategic Industrial Sourcing provides the first comprehensive look at the evolution of a powerful system of supplier relations in Japan. Indeed, supplier relations are at the heart of wo...

Toshihiro Nishiguchi is at Hitotsubashi University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.38 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195071093

ISBN - 13:9780195071092

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AbbreviationsTables and FiguresAcknowledgements1. OverviewI. The History of Subcontracting in Japan2. The Origins of Dualism and the Rise of Subcontracting in Japanese Manufacturing Industries, 1900-19453. The Emergence of Postwar Subcontracting, 1945-19604. The Transformation of Japanese Subcontracting, 1960-1990II. The Contemporary Practice of Subcontracting5. Asset Specificity Revisited6. Bargaining or Problem Solving?7. Sources of Flexibility8. ConclusionAppendix AAppendix BAppendix CAppendix DBibliographyIndex

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Why is it that Japanese manufacturers can produce such a great variety of goods with breathtaking speed and quality while outsourcing so extensively? Strategic Industrial Sourcing provides the first comprehensive look at the evolution of a powerful system of supplier relations in Japan. Indeed, supplier relations are at the heart of world-class manufacturing in Japan's two most successful industries, automobiles and electronics. Through a path-breaking exploration of the historical and current practices of subcontracting in Japan as well as other advanced economies, Toshihiro Nishiguchi reveals the shortcomings of existing theories of contractual relations. A wealth of evidence shows that current Japanese sub-contracting practices are a product of complex interactions among socioeconomic, political, technological, and firm-level strategic factors. Taking issue with conventional thinking, this book questions the notion that the practices that have made Japanese firms successful are a direct result of national culture. Rather, it is argued that those practices amoun

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"It is impossible to understand Japanese manufacturing without understanding the Japanese system of subcontracting; and, in the absence of years of personal experience, it is impossible to have anything like a detailed grasp of the evolution, operation, and diversity of that system withoutreading Strategic Industrial Sourcing. Toshihiro Nishiguchi has written both the most empirically detailed study of Japanese subcontracting and the theoretically most sophisticated treatment of the debates concerning its interpretation. This is an authoritative work."--Charles F. Sabel,Massachusetts Institute of Technology