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Fall 1997
Volume 39, Issue # 1

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020-Operations-500

The Evolution of Japanese Subcontracting

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 29 min 

What has led to the development of Japan’s particular method of subcontracting? Theories that have attempted to explain Japanese subcontracting have critical shortcomings. A combination of political, economic, technological, and strategic factors has resulted in subcontracting’s growth and survival.

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Aggressive Sourcing: A Free-Market Approach

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 29 min 

Companies frequently mismanage their dealings with suppliers and miss many opportunities to reduce costs. Perhaps it’s time to reexamine purchasing, reestablish some tension in buyer-supplier relationships, and leverage the free market.