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Study on innovation capability of Asian local manufacturing firms
Submitted by Jun Akabane, Yokohama City University on 17 janv. 2014 - 05:15
Type de publication:Conference Paper
Source:Gerpisa colloquium, Kyoto (2014)
The purpose of this study is to explore the current capability of assembling, processing or production of automobile components for Asian local firms and evaluate their potentiality for innovation through a case study on automobile industry in Thailand. Specifically we will compare Asian local firms with Japanese affiliated firms and investigate their differences of technological level or philosophy of production by employing our unique standpoints below.
Production based on approval drawing or drawing given from the client
Customized operation or generalized operation
The number of clients
Capability of designing
Degree of diversification for products
Relationship with clients (Vertical or Horizontal)
Our final target is to clarify how the Asian production model is different from the so-called Japanese production model characterized as “Kaizen or 5S”. Also, based on the result of our study, we will propose to Japanese car makers how they should foster and utilize Asian local firms in near future since their procurement is exclusively depending on Japanese affiliated firms in Asian area at the moment.