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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-03
Business Management and Information Gathering of Textile and Apparel Enterprises in Middle Eastern Countries

Outline

In this research project, we will look at the textile and apparel enterprises of two Middle Eastern countries, namely Iran and Egypt, which both have comparatively large domestic markets in the region. We will pay special attention to the enterprises’ information-gathering strategies, sales promotion activities, relationships with customers and other relevant factors, in order to analyze the characteristics of their overall business management know-how.
At the same time, we will clarify how these enterprises are coping with the transformations taking place in the distribution channels of raw materials and products as a result of economic globalization and amendments to government policies, and examine whether there are any innovative elements compared to their old business methods.
Existing literature on manufacturing industries in the Middle East, including the textile and apparel industries, are relatively weak in terms of research on an individual enterprises basis, although statistical-based macro-trend analysis has been done to some extent. In this project, we will use a questionnaire survey for each production unit targeted in the study, in conjunction with supplementary interviews.

Period

April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] IWASAKI Yoko
[ Co-researchers ] KATO Hiroshi (Research Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
KASHIWAGI Kenichi (Assistant Professor, The Alliance for Research on North Africa, University of Tsukuba)
IWASAKI Erina (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Kyoritsu Women’s University)

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