Polymer Industry

  • Shinichi Watanabe


This chapter concerns the mechanisms that have helped Japanese polymer manufacturers acquire new technical knowledge. Studies on Japanese industries have emphasized the importance of informal as well as formal networks among firms and government in developing technology.1 This study illuminates the methods by which firms, academic institutions, public research institutes and government agencies communicate with each other in the pursuit of research and development. It employs interviews and a national survey of polymer firms, seeking to learn how these institutions support the industry. In particular, it asks:
  • What arrangements other than corporate R&D support technological innovation?

  • How are they related? Do they complement or substitute for one another?

  • How does the importance of a cooperative arrangement depend upon the characteristics of the target technology, such as economies of scale and scope? What is the relationship between the arrangement and the characteristics of technical field?

  • What is the relationship between institutions and the market structure of the product?

  • What conditions influence the success of cooperation?

  • How do government policies affect the growth of the industry?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shinichi Watanabe
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  1. 1.International University of JapanNiigataJapan

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