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




ISBN 9781439850688
Published December 19, 2011 by CRC Press
358 Pages - 90 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since the start of the recent financial crisis, as most global firms struggle to remain competitive, an increasing number of Korean and Japanese firms have experienced an amazing rate of growth and expansion. Although academic researchers and business leaders in the United States, China, Brazil, India, and Europe seek out the secrets to these businesses’ success, little is known about their business practices.

Supplying an insider’s perspective, Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments: Practices of Global Firms from Korea and Japan unveils the strategic and operational practices that have allowed these firms to catch and surpass their competitors in North America and Europe. Based on fieldwork studies and extensive interviews with senior executives, it explains how these companies have developed and enhanced their core competencies through effective integration of product architecture, supply chain management, and IT strategy.

The book provides practical insight into changing business patterns while avoiding extensive mathematical algorithms and drawn-out theoretical descriptions. It uses cutting-edge case studies to illustrate the innovative manufacturing strategies of these rapidly emerging companies. Accessible to anyone with a basic understanding of business, it reveals the organizational processes of strategy formulation and implementation that are required for success.

Providing a clear understanding of both the career implications of the changing business landscape and how to deliver products and services that meet and exceed the needs of your customers, this book will help you develop the socio-technical skills needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive and turbulent business environment.

Table of Contents

HISTORY

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
Introduction
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
Discussion

Growth Mechanism and Management of Korean Firms: A Comparative Study with Japanese Experiences
Introduction
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
Conclusion

Product Architecture and Technology Transfer: New Catch-Up Pattern in Digital Era
Introduction
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
Discussion

CASE STUDIES OF KOREAN IT INDUSTRY

Korean Semiconductor Industry: A Comparative Study with Japanese Counterpart
Introduction
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
Discussion

Korean LCD Industry: Product Architecture and Global Supply Chain Management of LCD
Introduction
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
Introduction
Product Architecture and Operation Management
     Integral Product Architecture and Modular Product Architecture
     Hierarchy of Product Architecture in FPD TV
     LCD and PDP
Case Study
     Case Background
     Case Analysis
     Integration of Panels and SCM System
     Efficient Mass Production through Implementation of LGPS (LG Production System)
Discussion

Korean Mobile Phone Industry: Product Architecture of Mobile Phones and Network Capability
Introduction
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
Discussion

INFRASTRUCTURE OF IT CAPABILITY

Suppliers Support for Supply Chain Integration: Korean Automobile Industry and the Steel Industry
Introduction
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
     POSCO
          Company History
          POCSO’s 3.0 Innovation Projects
          POSCO Innovation and Collaboration with Suppliers
Discussion

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

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

IT Usage Strategy of Japanese Firms: Product Lifecycle Management for the Global Market
Introduction
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)
Conclusion

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

Conclusion
References

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Author(s)

Biography

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).