GBRCニュース   2012.02.27


Annals of Business Administrative Science, Vol.10発行!

Annals of Business Administrative Science, Vol.10が発行されました。
Takeaki Wada
Exploitation reduces novelty: An empirical analysis of the Japanese 
video game industry 
pp. 1-12
Firms accumulate knowledge through product development activities such 
as efficient product design, various experimental data, and know-how 
of project management. By exploiting this knowledge, firms are able to 
improve product quality, reduce cost, and shorten the development lead 
time. The more firms accumulate knowledge, the more they are able to 
gain competitiveness by exploiting their knowledge. However, because 
of efficiency gained by exploitation, firms can sometimes excessively 
exploit their knowledge, thus making their products too similar to and 
less attractive than earlier products and, as a result, lose 
competitiveness. In this paper, we employ a time series analysis to 
show that excess exploitation of know-how reduced product creativity 
in the Japanese video game industry.
Keywords: exploitation of know-how, novelty, Japanese video game 
Hirofumi Tatsumoto, Koichi Ogawa and Junjiro Shintaku 
Strategic standardization: Platform business and the effect on 
international division of labor 
pp. 13-26
International standardization has become a strategic tool for global 
firms since new industrial policies emerged in developed countries in 
the 1980s, which allow firms to easily form a consortium to set 
industry-wide standards. This standardization has created many 
consensus standards that change the distribution of added value 
internationally, and has induced transformation in the international 
division of labor among the developed and developing countries. 
Platform business is most eminent in the resulting business ecosystem. 
It harnesses consensus standards to earn global competitive advantages, 
based on two practices: adjusting the scope of their knowledge and 
selecting new business partners who adopt the standards.
Keywords: consensus standard, antitrust law, open and closed areas, 
          product architecture, platform business



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