Building Competences in the Firm

Lessons from Japanese and European Optoelectronics

  • Authors
  • Kumiko Miyazaki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kumiko Miyazaki
    Pages 1-10
  3. Kumiko Miyazaki
    Pages 11-38
  4. Kumiko Miyazaki
    Pages 39-67
  5. Kumiko Miyazaki
    Pages 68-103
  6. Kumiko Miyazaki
    Pages 195-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 206-321

About this book


This book examines the dynamics of competence building process at the firm level in a sample of leading Japanese and European companies engaged in the field of optoelectronics. The concept was derived from the notion of firm specific competences which are closely related to the firm's intangible assets and accumulated technological bases. Several factors affect the rate and direction of competence building, chief among them being primary markets, top management strategy and the evolution of the R&D organization, and organizational learning. A novel technique is introduced to assess competences using three types of data on US patenting, scientific publications and qualitative interview data.


electronics management optoelectronics organization strategy

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