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Manufacturing PossibilitiesCreative Action and Industrial Recomposition in the United States, Germany, and Japan$
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Gary Herrigel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557738.001.0001

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Vertical Disintegration in National Context: Germany and the United States Compared

Vertical Disintegration in National Context: Germany and the United States Compared

(p.187) 6 Vertical Disintegration in National Context: Germany and the United States Compared
Manufacturing Possibilities

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This chapter examines the way that German and US manufacturers are implementing the modal form of vertical disintegration: Sustained, Contingent Collaboration. In contrast to the expectations of the Varieties of Capitalism perspective, both German and American manufacturers appear to be successfully embracing SCC. More troubling for institutionalism, the character of experimentation in both places appears not to be significantly constrained by the existing institutional system of rules and constraint. Actors are creatively circumventing rules and ignoring constraints to construct SCC. In the process, they are also recasting old and creating new differences between the two countries.

Keywords:   supply chains, vertical disintegration, industrial adjustment, path dependence, institutionalism, varieties of capitalism, automobile industry, machinery industry, small and medium sized enterprises, trade unions, regional industrial policy, role ambiguity

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