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Governing Global ProductionBroadening Membership and the Struggle for Control

Governing Global Production: Broadening Membership and the Struggle for Control [Australian resource nationalism during the 1970s would prove an existential challenge for the Japanese steel industry. Coming at a time when deteriorations in the world economy brought the JSM’s post-war expansion to an abrupt end, nationalistic state interventions in Australia further compounded the industry’s problems by sending regional mineral prices soaring. Its previous production networking strategy — collective management of its Australian minerals suppliers — was now largely ineffective in guaranteeing Japanese control, and a new approach was needed if the JSM was to survive in the new economic climate. A new production networking strategy would ultimately come in the form of a relaunching of the kaihatsu yunyu investment programme to sponsor new mining projects in Brazil and Canada. This was intended to undermine the effectiveness of Australian state interventions by broadening membership at the mining end of the resource networks, and to ultimately re-establish Japanese control by promoting international competition between mineral suppliers in Australia, Brazil and Canada. As this new Japanese strategy gained pace during the 1980s, it set off an acrimonious struggle between the JSM and its mineral suppliers over which side would exercise control of production network governance.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Governing Global ProductionBroadening Membership and the Struggle for Control

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
ISBN
978-1-349-43809-9
Pages
101 –127
DOI
10.1057/9781137023193_6
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Australian resource nationalism during the 1970s would prove an existential challenge for the Japanese steel industry. Coming at a time when deteriorations in the world economy brought the JSM’s post-war expansion to an abrupt end, nationalistic state interventions in Australia further compounded the industry’s problems by sending regional mineral prices soaring. Its previous production networking strategy — collective management of its Australian minerals suppliers — was now largely ineffective in guaranteeing Japanese control, and a new approach was needed if the JSM was to survive in the new economic climate. A new production networking strategy would ultimately come in the form of a relaunching of the kaihatsu yunyu investment programme to sponsor new mining projects in Brazil and Canada. This was intended to undermine the effectiveness of Australian state interventions by broadening membership at the mining end of the resource networks, and to ultimately re-establish Japanese control by promoting international competition between mineral suppliers in Australia, Brazil and Canada. As this new Japanese strategy gained pace during the 1980s, it set off an acrimonious struggle between the JSM and its mineral suppliers over which side would exercise control of production network governance.]

Published: Oct 16, 2015

Keywords: Resource Network; Mining Project; Export Control; Price Negotiation; Japanese Control

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