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Technology, human resources and international competitiveness in the Korean auto industry

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  • Technology, human resources and international competitiveness in the Korean auto industry
  • Lansbury, Russell D.; Lee, Byoung-Hoon; Woo, Seoghun
  • Harvard University


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Title Technology, human resources and international competitiveness in the Korean auto industry
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Lansbury, Russell D.; Lee, Byoung-Hoon; Woo, Seoghun

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[Cambridge]:Harvard University

Date 2013
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Others
Social Development < Employment
Holding Harvard University

Abstract

The recent merger of Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Company has created the opportunity for the enlarged company to become one of the major global auto groups. Yet, the corporate collapses of the late 1990s demonstrated that not only did Korea foster too many domestic auto companies in a short period of time but it also relied on outmoded systems of mass production with attendant problems of low quality and industrial unrest. The failure of Kia Motors to undertake technological innovation, adopt new production strategies and reform employment relations led to its demise. The newly merged venture, however, will need to utilise more innovative technology as well as more appropriate human resource systems if it is to achieve international competitiveness.

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Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation JF Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 23-24 September 2002