With respect to the SME policy, the revision made to the Small and Medium Enterprises Basic Act in 2000 changed its focus towards supporting enterprises that create new value through their unique creativity and mobility. Ten years later, a more advanced policy initiative is called for in order to secure the tangible results of the previous gains. This project will focus on the relationship between the business strategies that gave rise to the success of the excellent SMEs and the systems of interactions present between them and the various players surrounding them. This project will analyze cases of global niche top manufacturing enterprises as well as content-related SMEs that drive "Cool Japan" among other cases and, based on these analyses, make recommendations with respect to the nature of future appropriate support schemes and the like.
August 23, 2011 - March 31, 2013
Major Research Results
RIETI Policy Discussion Papers
RIETI Discussion Papers
"A Study on the Creation of Collaborative Organizations and Collaborative Capabilities among Top Managers of Small-and Medium-sized Manufacturers" (INAGAKI Kyosuke)
"Study on Global Niche-top Enterprises as Representatives of Excellent Small and Medium Manufacturing Companies in Japan" (HOSOYA Yuji)
"Network Broadening and Reinforcing for Facilitating Innovation: Value creation networks in the Japanese music industry" (INOUE Tatsuhiko and NAGAYAMA Susumu)