Globalization and the Establishment of Manufacturing Bases Overseas: A Case Study of the “J Automobile Company”

  • Atsushi Sumi
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 4)


Corporations have taken significant roles in the globalization of economies. The most characteristic aspect of globalization is the way in which many companies are moving toward investing directly in overseas production bases as the principal axis of their global operations. This means a significant change in global strategies of many multinational corporations, a shift to actively constructing international production bases among nations from only internationalizing certain divisions or departments in order to cope with the increasing globalization pressures. The research I participated in Japan on the Japanese automobile industry by the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT) has revealed that changes in work and work organization of the industrial organization due to the pressures of increasing globalization and market competition are now evidenced more clearly in the area of research/development and the production engineering than in actual manufacturing processes in factories. The JILPT research has demonstrated companies’ increasing needs in the following two areas: (1) for centralized data management systems for setting up production lines in all manufacturing bases and (2) for common platforms and standardized production equipment and work processes, which facilitate more flexible communication among production centers around the world.


Production Line Host Country Global Supply Chain Common Platform Japanese Business 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business AdministrationMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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