Path dependence as a political construct, the disruptive influence of technology and Japanese aerospace

McGuire, Steve, Fai, Filicia and Ozaki, Toshiya (2010) Path dependence as a political construct, the disruptive influence of technology and Japanese aerospace. International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), 50 (3-4). pp. 367-379. ISSN 0267-5730

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Abstract

Japan has largely failed to develop an extensive aerospace industry designing and manufacturing entire aircraft. One explanation has been that the political cum security relationship between the US and Japan precluded the development of an autonomous aerospace industry. This relationship may be changing. Japan has succeeded in gaining extensive sub-contracting work on the new Boeing 787, including technology-rich work on wing design. As such, this paper puts a different take on the concept of path dependence; that it can be a social construction. This paper considers whether technological change in the sector is, however, opening opportunities for Japanese firms to break free from their current trajectory.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 12:16
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 12:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56137
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