Dr Eoin O'Sullivan, Director, Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge
Discussant: Dr Carlos López-Gómez, Research Associate, CSTI, University of Cambridge
Setting the context for the Forum, this presentation will provide an overview of the recent evolution of manufacturing-related policies in leading OECD economies – Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and United States. Policy approaches will be compared in terms of factor inputs, intervention levels and degrees of coordination.
Whilst approaches in different countries vary in response to their respective contexts, there is some evidence of a convergence on the effectiveness of particular programmes and organisations as well as on the characteristics that support the competitiveness of national manufacturing systems. Some of these characteristics include coordination and alignment of related policies, partnerships with industry and longer term investment and planning.
Japan Session 1: "Recent Industrial Policies in Japan"
Director, Industry & Energy, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) London
Special Advisor to Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI)
This first session will provide an overview of industrial policies in Japan, with a focus on manufacturing industries. Emphasis will be placed on recent changes in policy approaches and initiatives at the national level. Recent government efforts to promote industrial restructuring will also be discussed.
Japan Session 2: "Japan's Industrial Structure - Beyond Keiretsu?"
Professor Mari Sako
Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Dr Steve New
Lecturer in Operations Management, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
This second session will focus on the influence of corporate structures (including the traditional 'keiretsu' structures) and corporate governance on the international competitiveness of Japanese manufacturing industries.
Japan Session 3: "Japan's Institutional Infrastructure - Is METI Alone?"
Dr Hiro Izushi
Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School, Aston University
This final session will focus on the role of institutions providing support to manufacturing firms at the metropolitan/regional level, as well as their relationship with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).