Modernizing small manufacturers in Japan: The role of local public technology centers

Title: Modernizing small manufacturers in Japan: The role of local public technology centers
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: December 1992
Published In: The Journal of Technology Transfer
Description: Japan's hundreds of thousands of small manufacturing enterprises not only provide high-quality inputs to large Japanese companies, but also are becoming innovators and growth generators in their own right. In addition to help from larger customers, small Japanese companies can call upon an array of public support mechanisms, including about 170 local Kohsetsushi examination and technology centers which provide research, testing, training, and guidance for firms with under 300 employees. With their intensive geographical coverage, broad range of technical services, and nominal fees, these centers offer small Japanese firms a readily available and effective source of assistance to improve their manufacturing operations, technology, and products. After reviewing the changing context for small manufacturers in Japan, the article examines the role of local Kohsetsushi centers in small firm modernization. This article considers the history, organization, and services of the Kohsetsushi system, explores the operation of five case study centers, and discusses how small Japanese firms benefit from Kohsetsushi services. Finally, there is an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Kohsetsushi system. © 1992 Technology Transfer Society.
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Citation: The Journal of Technology Transfer. 17. Issue 1. 40 - 57. ISSN 0892-9912. DOI 10.1007/BF02175820.
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  • School of Public Policy