Firms' Strategies and Patterns of Their Interdependencies: An Emergent Synthesis Perspective

Tomomi Kito*, Taiki Ogata

*Corresponding author for this work

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Firms' strategies on product portfolio building and sourcing/procurement emerge through interactions with other firms, as well as with the dynamic environment in which the firms are placed. In this study, the resulting inter-firm relationship patterns are conceptualized based on the emergent synthesis perspective. Taking the automobile industry as an example, empirical longitudinal data are investigated with specific focus on the heterogeneous effects of various factors on network formations, providing a better understanding of how and to what extent we can possibly design/control supply networks, and predict potential future risks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event10th CIRP Conference on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering - CIRP ICME 2016 - Ischia, Italy
Duration: 2016 Jul 202016 Jul 22


  • Complexity
  • Emergent synthesis
  • Market dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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