Relational governance of Japanese automotive industry: Modularity and multiregional strategic action field

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Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 17, Number 4, p.430-451 (2017)



The objective of this study was to analyse the modularity in the networks among Japanese automakers from 1998 to 2016 and its association to the dynamics of strategic action fields. This objective reflects the relational governance structure of automotive industry, and their association to the dynamics of automakers field. We identified that, where it is exposed to disturbances, the modular network hierarchy confers robustness and stability of the automakers field. The networks where built through 1,628 regional ties among 124 legal entities grouped by Japan, China, Europe and the USA. We divided the contractual relationships into ownership, alliances (joint ventures and assembly contracts) and technology and parts agreements. So results calls attention about the integration/decoupling dichotomy, because the networks affect the reallocation of activities and competencies across the four regions analysed in this study. Therefore, the paper also contributes to understand some influence of institutional aspects to the Japanese automakers networks. Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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