GBRCニュース   2005.08.29


Annals of Business Administrative Science

                  Vol.4, No.3 発行!! 


Annals of Business Administrative Science, Vol.4, No.3 が発行されまし






"Architecture-based Advantage of Firms and Nations:

New Global Alliance between Japan and Catch-up Countries"

pp. 21-38


         Competitive advantage of Japanese firms and of catch-up

countries’firms has been discussed through the case study on optical

storage products. The dynamic change of product architecture from

integral to modular mode has brought out the latent potential of

catch-up countries. The more modular the architecture is, the larger

the market shares of catch-up countries’ firms and the smaller the

market share of Japanese firms are. The analysis shows that the

competitive advantage/ disadvantage of the catch-up countries’

firms depends not on the direct labor cost but on the overhead cost,

in which the patent royalty accounts for the most portions. Based on

the contrastive position in the product architecture and in the patent

royalty, authors propose that Japan and the catch-up countries promote

the architecture-based global alliance for symbiotic co-prosperity, in

which the power of integral architecture and of modular architecture

are combined into one joint venture company.


Keyword: competitive advantage, comparative advantage,

product architecture, technology diffusion, catch-up country,

Chinese firm, global alliance, patent royalty, intellectual property,

optical storage, CD, DVD



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