1st Edition

Multinationals, Technology and Localization in Automotive Firms in Asia

Edited By Rajah Rasiah, Yuri Sadoi, Rogier Busser Copyright 2008
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    East Asia has led rapid economic growth in the last few decades with India joining them over the last five years. Automotive parts manufacturers have been an important component of domestic production in all these economies. Experts with several years of multi-disciplinary research experience on the field examine the actual and potential technological and localization implications of MNC operations in East Asia and India. The rich collection of country experiences are both original and incisive.

    This volume includes:

    • Case studies from China, Japan, India, Thailand and Malaysia
    • A study of the role of multinationals in Asian technology building
    • An examination of the growing Chinese automobile sector

    Featuring leading academics from across Asia, this title is essential reading for those studying industrial growth in the continent's major economies.

    1. Introduction Rajah Rasiah

    2. Foreign Influences on the Japanese Automobile Industry: The Nissan-Renault Mutual Learning Alliance Merieke Stevens

    3. "Detroit of the East"? Industrial Upgrading, Japanese Car Producers and the Development of the Automotive Industry in Thailand Rogier Busser

    4. The Development of Automotive Parts Suppliers in Korea and Malaysia: A Global Value Chain Perspective Peter Wad

    5. Arrested Development: Multinationals, TRIMs and the Philippines' Automotive Industry Rene Ofreneo

    6. Foreign Ownership, Technological Intensities and Economic Performance of Automotive Parts Firms in India Rajah Rasiah and Ashish Kumar

    7. Malaysia's National Automotive Policy and the Performance of Proton's Foreign and Local Vendors Mohd Rosli Mohomad and Fatimah Kari

    8. Taiwanese Automobile Parts Suppliers in China Li-Ren Li and Yuri Sadoi

    9. Technology Transfer in Automotive Parts Firms in China Yuri Sadoi

    10. Conclusions and Implications: The Role of Multinationals in Technological Capability Building and Localization in Asia Rajah Rasiah


    Rajah Rasiah currently works as professor of technology and innovation policy at University of Malaya. He has undertaken research and consultancy as well as published extensively in the fields of multinationals, technology, innovation, competitiveness and development.

    Yuri Sadoi is associate professor of Faculty of Economics at Meijo University, Japan. She obtained her PhD in Human and Environmental Studies from Kyoto University in 1999. She has published in the fields of skill formation and technology transfer.

    Rogier Busser studied at Leiden University and Kyoto University. His research interests are primarily in industrial organization, technological upgrading and business-government relations in East Asia. He currently serves as director for International Relations at the Faculty of Arts of Leiden University.