Evolutionary Economics and Social Complexity Science

Industrial Competitiveness and Design Evolution

Editors: Fujimoto, Takahiro, Ikuine, Fumihiko (Eds.)

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  • Incorporates the concept of design and architecture into the comparative advantage theory of international trade and industrial competitiveness
  • Treats the concepts of designed artifacts, design information, design process and architecture in an integrated framework of manufacturing
  • Provides an analytical framework based on numerous field observations of manufacturing sites struggling to survive post-Cold War global competition through continuous capability building
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This book integrates the concept of design into the existing framework of industrial performance, international trade and comparative advantage in trade and industrial phenomena, which increasingly have been affected by design characteristics of tradable goods. Design, capability and their evolution are introduced into current theories of trade to explain the reality of international trade in the early twenty-first century and the possibility of design-based comparative advantage is explored. Toward that end, the concepts of design, architecture, organizational capability and productivity are introduced, as are their interactions and evolution. The author starts from the fact that firms’ selection of design locations precedes that of production locations and that a new product’s initial production location is usually the same as its design location. In other words, design matters in explaining today’s trade phenomena. Thus, this book analyzes product design and its evolution in the context of the comparative advantage theory. The author argues that the concept of Ricardo’s comparative advantage must be reinterpreted in a more dynamic way than in the past, with changing labor input coefficients treated as variables and driven by international capability-building competition between factories. Some of the many topics dealt with in this volume include a capability-architecture view of industrial comparative advantage, a design-based view of manufacturing, the evolution of manufacturing capabilities, Ricardian comparative advantage with changing labor input coefficients, comparative design cost and selection of design locations and a design process model behind comparative design cost. In this way, the behaviors of factories, product development projects, firms, industries and national economies in today’s global competition are described and analyzed in the most realistic way.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • A Design-Information-Flow View of Industries, Firms, and Sites

    Pages 5-41

    Fujimoto, Takahiro

  • The Nature of International Competition Among Firms

    Pages 43-96

    Shiozawa, Yoshinori (et al.)

  • Product Variety for Effective Demand Creation

    Pages 97-122

    Shiozawa, Yoshinori

  • Capability Building and Demand Creation in “Genba-Oriented Firms”

    Pages 123-154

    Fujimoto, Takahiro

  • Evolution of Business Ecosystems

    Pages 155-188

    Tatsumoto, Hirofumi

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Industrial Competitiveness and Design Evolution
Editors
  • Takahiro Fujimoto
  • Fumihiko Ikuine
Series Title
Evolutionary Economics and Social Complexity Science
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan KK, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55145-4
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55145-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-55144-7
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56859-9
Series ISSN
2198-4204
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 425
Number of Illustrations
65 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour
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