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Globalization and Innovation in a Mature Industry: Furniture Manufacturing in Canada

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    Drayse M. H. Globalization and innovation in a mature industry: furniture manufacturing in Canada, Regional Studies. Canadian furniture manufacturers have been relatively successful in responding to the competitive challenges of more open continental and global economies. The industry has followed a high-road development path based on innovation in products, processes, and business practices, and exploitation of export markets in the United States. While employment has declined in recent years due to a slowdown in US sales and increasing use of imports by Canadian firms - trends reinforced by the current recession - the furniture industry has been more successful than most Canadian manufacturing industries since the beginning of the modern free-trade era in 1989. [image omitted] Drayse M. H. La mondialisation et l'innovation dans une industrie en pleine maturite: l'industrie du meuble au Canada, Regional Studies. Au Canada, l'industrie du meuble a reussi grosso modo a repondre aux defis competitifs des economies europeennes et mondiales plus ouvertes. L'industrie a suivi un sentier de croissance dynamique base sur l'innovation dans des produits, des procedes et des pratiques en affaires, et sur la percee des marches d'exportation aux Etats-Unis. Tandis que l'emploi a diminue au cours des dernieres annees a cause d'un ralentissement des ventes aux E-U et d'une augmentation des importations par les entreprises canadiennes - des tendances qui sont renforcees par le marasme actuel - l'industrie du meuble reussit plus que la plupart de l'industrie canadienne depuis le debut de l'epoque moderne du libre-echange en 1989. Mondialisation Innovation Industrie du meuble Canada Drayse M. H. Globalisierung und Innovation in einer vollentwickelten Industrie: die Mobelherstellung in Kanada, Regional Studies. Die Hersteller kanadischer Mobel sind den Herausforderungen des Wettbewerbs in einer offeneren kontinentalen und globalen Wirtschaft relativ erfolgreich begegnet. Die Industrie hat einen Pfad der nachhaltigen Entwicklung eingeschlagen, der auf Innovationen im Bereich der Produkte, Verfahren und Geschaftspraktiken sowie auf einer Nutzung der Exportmarkte in den USA beruht. Wahrend das Beschaftigungsniveau in den letzten Jahren aufgrund eines Ruckgangs des Umsatzes in den USA und wegen der gestiegenen Nutzung von Importen durch kanadische Firmen - Trends, die sich durch die momentane Rezession noch verstarkt haben - gesunken ist, war die Mobelindustrie seit Beginn der modernen Freihandelsara im Jahr 1989 erfolgreicher als die meisten produzierenden Industrien Kanadas. Globalisierung Innovation Mobelherstellung Kanada Drayse M. H. Globalizacion e innovacion en una industria madura: la industria del mueble en Canada, Regional Studies. Los fabricantes de muebles en Canada han tenido un relativo exito al responder a los retos competitivos de economias continentales y globales mas abiertas. La industria ha seguido una via de desarrollo sostenible basandose en la innovacion de productos, procesos y practicas comerciales y la explotacion de los mercados de exportacion en los Estados Unidos. Mientras que el empleo ha disminuido en los ultimos anos debido a una desaceleracion economica en las ventas estadounidenses y un aumento en el uso de importaciones por parte de empresas canadienses - tendencias reforzadas por la actual recesion- la industria del mueble ha tenido mas exito que la mayoria de industrias manufactureras en Canada desde que comenzo la era moderna del libre comercio en 1989. Globalizacion Innovacion Industria del mueble Canada

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 299-318

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