This book is concerned with the future direction of the international division of labour in manufacturing. It explores the different patterns of foreign direct investment in the eras of machinofacture and systemofacture with respect to a study of the global production of automobile components.
1. Transnational Corporations and the New International Division of Labour 2. The Point of Transition - From Machi No Facture to System facture 3. The Automobile Industry 4. Transition in the Japanese Auto Industry: The Emergence of System facture 5. Technological Transformation Among the United States And Western European Motor Vehicle Assemblers 6. The Restructuring of Assembler-Supplier Relations and the Growth of Technological Intensity in the United States and Western European Components Industry 7. System facture, Investment Location and Off-Shore Sourcing in the Automobile Components Sector 8. TNCs and the New International Division of Labour in The Era of System facture