Global corporate laboratory in a developing country - the case of a Japanese company in Thailand
Keywords:Japanese company, Corporate laboratory, Thailand
As Japanese companies globalize their operations, they establish R&D (research and development) centers as well as production facilities in developing countries. However, it is extremely rare to establish a global corporate laboratory in a developing country. This paper investigates a unique case of a global corporate laboratory in Thailand as a single case study. The paper clarifies the reasons for this unique case from viewpoints of company global operation, customer relation and the distance between a production site and an R&D site. Then, the paper discusses the issues associated with the management of a global corporate laboratory in a developing country, especially local staffing, and their solutions.
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