S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Korean Regional Studies (국토문제연구소) 지리학논총 (Journal of Geography) 지리학논총 Volume 23/24 (1994)
Company Size and Production System Changes
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 국토문제연구소
- 지리학논총, Vol.24, pp. 19-32
- 기업규모 ; 생산체계변화 ; 한국가전산업 ; company size ; production system changes ; Korean consumer electronics industry
- This study intends to test the hypothesis that larger companies are more likely to adopt dimensions of production system changes than smaller ones, particularly in the Korean context. There are two contrasting views regarding the relationship between company size and production system changes: small-firm domination view which is represented by the new industrial district debates, and large-firm domination view, which points out that large firms do not have any restriction to actively adopting the changes. In the Korean context, in which large firms have dominated the industrialization process with their own competitive advantages, it is expected that the latter would be the case.
A firm-level, input-output focused definition of production system has been made as "a set of production elements with relations between the elements and among their attributes". Under this definition, five dimensions of production system changes have been posited: adoption of new technology, functionally flexible use of labor, numerically flexible use of labor, intimate relationship among assemblers and part suppliers, and quick adaptation to market changes. Some proxy variables have been developed to represent these changes.