Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments: Practices of Global Firms from Korea and Japan

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Providing an insider's perspective on strategic and operational practices for company growth, this book examines how Asian global firms and small and medium venture firms have accomplished rapid catch-up with leading firms in North America and Europe and established their global competitive advantage. The authors include extensive case studies and reveal the organizational processes of strategy formulation and implementation. Written for those with a basic understanding of business, this book avoids extensive mathematical algorithms and complex theoretical descriptions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439850688
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/9/2012
  • Series: Resource Management Series , #45
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Young Won Park is an associate professor of Manufacturing Management Research Center at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Park holds a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies from the University of Tokyo, Japan. His articles have been published in journals including Management Decision, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Services and Operations Management, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, Japan Academy of International Business Studies, Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies, and the Japan Society of Information and Communication Research. He has received research awards including dissertation paper awards from the Japan Association for Social Informatics (JASI), best paper awards from the Japan Society of Information and Communication Research (JSICR), research awards of the Social Science Field from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (TAF), and research students awards of the Social Science Field from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (TAF). His research interests are in technology management, IT strategy, and global supply chain management.

Dr. Paul Hong is a professor of operations management at the University of Toledo, Ohio, in the United States. Dr. Hong holds a Ph.D. degree in manufacturing management and engineering from the University of Toledo. He also holds an MBA and an MA in economics from Bowling Green State University and a BA from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. His articles have been published in journals including Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Management Decision, Journal of Supply Chain Management, European Journal of Innovation Management, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Journal of Knowledge and Information Management, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Benchmarking: An International Journal, Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, Research in International Business and Finance, Korean Journal of Tourism Research, and Tourism Culture and Science. His research interests are in technology management, operational strategy, and global supply chain management. He is International Research Network Coordinator of Annual Symposium and Workshop in Global Supply Chains. He is also US coordinator of International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS).

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Table of Contents


What is Network Capability?: Introduction, Framework, and Contents
Twenty-First Century Global Business Environment
Changing Product Architecture with the Transition from Analog to Digital
Network Capability: A New Condition for Effective Responses in Global Business Environment
Literature Review on Network Capability
Core Competence and Network Capability
Product Architecture, SCM, and Network Capability
Innovation and Network Capability
Organization of the Book

Korean IT Industry and Network Leadership: A Comparative Study with Japanese Experiences
An Analysis of Economic Growth Models of East Asia
Literature Review
Research Framework
Case Analysis
Korean and Japanese Second-Generation Mobile Communication Industry
Success of Korean CDMA Industry
Background of CDMA Industry Development
Success Factor of CDMA Industry
CDMA Industry Spreading Effect
Implications of Korean IT Industry Success Factors
Importance of Network Formation
Standardization Issue
Summary of Korean IT Industry’s Success Factors

Growth Mechanism and Management of Korean Firms: A Comparative Study with Japanese Experiences
Literature Review
Firm Growth Model and Learning Theory
Research Framework
Case Studies
Electronic Industry
Growth Process of Samsung Electronics (SE)
Technological Accumulation
Stage through Organizational Learning
Spillover Stage (Horizontal Extension)
Automotive Industry
Growth Processes of Hyundai-Kia Motor Company (HKMC)
Technology Accumulation through Learning
Spillover (Horizontal Expansion) Stages
Spillover (Horizontal Expansion) Mechanism

Product Architecture and Technology Transfer: New Catch-Up Pattern in Digital Era
Product/Process Architecture and Global Competitive Advantage
Product Architecture and Technology Transfer
Growth of Japanese Firms and Technology Transfer
Product Architecture and Technology
Case Studies
CD-ROM/DVD Industry
TV Industry


Korean Semiconductor Industry: A Comparative Study with Japanese Counterpart
An Analysis of Semiconductor Industry from Architecture-Based Perspective
Structure and Characteristics of Semiconductor Industry
A History of the Semiconductor Industry from an Architecture-Based Perspective
Changing Korean Semiconductor Patterns (From Memory to Logic Semiconductors)
Korean and Japanese Semiconductor Industries and Future Prospects

Korean LCD Industry: Product Architecture and Global Supply Chain Management of LCD
Product Architecture and SCM (Supply Chain Management) of LCD
Product Architecture of LCD
LCD and SCM (Supply Chain Management)
Structure of LCD Industry and Investment of Korean LCD Firms
Changing Structure of Value Chain System of the LCD Industry
Korean Firms Position in the LCD TV Market and Investment Status
SCM Strategies of Korean LCD Makers
Building SCM System by LCD Firms
SCM System Building Effort by Samsung
SCM System of LG Display
Vertical Integration Strategy of LCD architecture
Future Challenges for the Korean Upstream Component Parts Industry

Korean TV Industry: A Case Study of LG Electronics
Product Architecture and Operation Management
Integral Product Architecture and Modular Product Architecture
Hierarchy of Product Architecture in FPD TV
Case Study
Case Background
Case Analysis
Integration of Panels and SCM System
Efficient Mass Production through Implementation of LGPS (LG Production System)

Korean Mobile Phone Industry: Product Architecture of Mobile Phones and Network Capability
Product Architecture of Mobile Phones
Smartphone and Innovation
New Product Development of Korean Handset Firms
Global Competitiveness of Korean Mobile Phone Makers
Product Development Strategy of Korean Handset Makers
Product Development Strategy of Korean Firms and Smartphone Responsive Strategy
Comparison of Samsung and LG Product Development
Smartphone and Business Model of Mobile Communication Industry


Suppliers Support for Supply Chain Integration: Korean Automobile Industry and the Steel Industry
Literature Review
Collaboration and Information Integration between OEM and Its Suppliers
South Korea Government’s Policy to Support SMEs
Case Studies
Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group (HKAG)
Description of the Firm
Coexistence Cooperation with Suppliers
Company History
POCSO’s 3.0 Innovation Projects
POSCO Innovation and Collaboration with Suppliers

Product Development of Japanese Electronics Industry
Product Architecture and CAD Usage
Design Idea and Product Architecture Measure
Product Architecture and CAD Usage
Research Model and Framework
Research Framework
Research Methods
Component Parts Statistics of Investigated Products
Product Architecture and Measurement Results
Electronic Product Development and CAD Usage

IT Usage Strategy of Korean Firms: Case Studies of Mobile Display Manufacturers
Literature Review
SCM and Database Integration Capability
Research Model
Case Studies
Case A
Case B

IT Usage Strategy of Japanese Firms: Product Lifecycle Management for the Global Market
Literature Review
Global Issues of Product Lifecycle Management
A Research Framework
Case Studies
Case A
Conversion of Product Architecture in Response to Global Marketing
The Results of Changing Product Architecture
Case B
Adoption of a Design Navigation System
System Adoption Results
Case C
Design Localization for Local Product
Results of Adoption
Case D
Global BOM (Bill of Materials)

Integrated Manufacturing and IT Strategy for Futuristic PLM: A Conceptual Framework from Japanese Firms
Literature Review
Past and Future of Product Lifecycle Management
A Framework of Futuristic PLM
Case Studies
Case A
Case B
Case C


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