Production Networks in Asia and Europe: Skill Formation and Technology Transfer in the Automobile Industry

Production Networks in Asia and Europe: Skill Formation and Technology Transfer in the Automobile Industry

Production Networks in Asia and Europe: Skill Formation and Technology Transfer in the Automobile Industry

Production Networks in Asia and Europe: Skill Formation and Technology Transfer in the Automobile Industry

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This book had its origins in a conference entitled ‘New Global Networking in the Automobile Industry: The Effects on Technology Transfer in the Case of Japanese Transplants in Southeast Asia and Europe’, organized by the IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies) in October 2001 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Our appreciation goes to the Japan Foundation, NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), CNWS (the Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies) and the LUF (Leiden University Fund) for their financial support, which made the conference possible.

The editors would like to thank all of the contributors to this volume for rewriting their original conference papers into chapters for this book and staying on with this production despite their time pressures and busy schedules. With regard to this process, Kamaruding Abdulsomad, Anil Khosla, Yveline Lecler, Thomas Lindblad and Rien T. Segers deserve recognition for their valuable comments in their role as discussants during the conference, offering many suggestions for revisions.

We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Glenn D. Hook for his support and expert advice that made this publication possible. Our appreciation also goes to the Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation for its financial support for the publication. Furthermore, we are deeply indebted to Tanja Chute for her highly conscientious work as language editor.

Many of the contributions in this volume are based on extensive field research in the automobile sector, and the publication of this book would not have been possible without the cooperation of those in the automobile industry and their willingness to share their knowledge and experience with the authors of these chapters.

Finally, we would like to thank our families for their continuous encouragement and support.

Rogier Busser

Yuri Sadoi . . .

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