Title: Global expansion and supply chain integration: case study of Korean firms

Authors: YoungWon Park; JeWheon Oh; Takahiro Fujimoto

Addresses: Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, 1-6-1 Nishi Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050, Japan. ' School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University, 1-9-1 Eifuku, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan 168-8555, Japan. ' Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 113-0033, Japan

Abstract: As global firms expand their business into emerging markets, supply chain integration has been crucial interests in recent years. This study examines global expansion and supply chain integration of Korean firms through the case studies of LG Electronics, LG Display and Hyundai-Kia Motor Company. The characteristics of the global production system of LG Electronics and Hyundai-Kia Motor Company can be summarised into two aspects – the implementation of the global standard production system (GSPS) and expansion of global businesses through cluster-based supply chain integration (CBSCI). Implications from our case study are provided, along with avenues for future research.

Keywords: global expansion; supply chain integration; Korea; global standard production system; GSPS; cluster-based supply chains; supply chain management; SCM; emerging markets; globalisation; global production.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2012.047200

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2012 Vol.5 No.4, pp.470 - 485

Published online: 30 May 2012 *

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