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A New Mode of Coordination of the Division of Labour: The Significance of the Physical Features of Product Models and of the Application of Information Technology



    (Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK)


The purpose of this paper is to examine the sources of strengths and weaknesses in competitiveness of Japanese firm organisations, which form a certain mode of coordination for the division of labour between or within firm organisations. Japanese firms also employ economic institutions (employment and financial systems), which support the mode of coordination. The key issue here are the physical features of the products, which determine whether or not Japanese firms have competitiveness. Firstly, regarding this issue, the reason why Japanese firms displayed strong competitiveness in electronic appliances will be examined. Also in this paper, the recent changes in the physical features of products, such as those of the information industry that seems to be the future leading industry, will be examined. Japanese firms are facing pressure to restructure the mode of coordination to gain competitiveness in this area of industry.

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  • Yuki KAWABATA, 2002. "A New Mode of Coordination of the Division of Labour: The Significance of the Physical Features of Product Models and of the Application of Information Technology," Working Papers 124, Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK.
  • Handle: RePEc:soa:wpaper:124

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