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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-09
Japanese and Chinese Models of Industrial Organization and Industrial Development: An Analysis of the Vietnamese Motorcycle Industry


Japanese manufacturing industries have been known for a model of industrial organization characterized by long-term and close relationships between assemblers and suppliers. This “Japanese model of industrial organization” has not only become a key source of high-level performance for Japanese manufacturing industries, but it has also had a substantial impact on the industrial development of Asian countries where Japanese manufacturing firms have established local production.
From the late 1990s onwards, Japanese dominance has been disrupted by the rise of Chinese manufacturing firms, which have penetrated low-income markets in fast-growing developing regions. They have done this by leveraging on a strikingly contrasting form of industrial organization – one based on intense competition between many assemblers and suppliers – to realize high levels of price-based competitiveness.
This research looks into the Vietnamese motorcycle industry – an industry in which the rivalry between the Japanese and Chinese models of industrial organization has been most prominently observed. By engaging in an in-depth empirical research on this industry, this research attempts to explore what would happen when the two contrasting models of industrial organization compete over a fast-growing market in a developing country, and what impact this organizational rivalry would have on the industry’s development.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] FUJITA Mai


  • First Year: Development Perspectives Series