After four consecutive years′ trade surplus, Korea′s climbing foreign trade deficit in 1990 is a clear signal that the nation should attempt to improve the performance of its manufacturing industry. However, there has not been much study on how manufacturing management is conducted in Korea and how it might be improved. Too much emphasis has been placed on macro policy variables such as tax, exchange rates and interest rates, which have only short‐term effects on competitiveness. The task for Korean manufacturing industry is to meet the challenges before it and be in a position to compete with other countries by providing high‐quality products at the right price. The most affordable and practical alternative is to make innovations in the current manufacturing process in order to enhance productivity and competitiveness. Studies the adoption and application of Japanese manufacturing management techniques under Korean conditions. Also provides a number of cases of their implementation in Korea and outlines considerations and recommendations necessary for their successful implementation based on the study findings.
Lee, C.Y. (1992), "The Adoption of Japanese Manufacturing Management Techniques in Korean Manufacturing Industry", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 66-81. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000001297
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