Revitalizing US Electronics

Revitalizing US Electronics

Lessons from Japan

1st Edition - March 15, 1993

Write a review

  • Author: John Sprague
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483292298

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (PDF)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


Written by one of the few executives who have extensive experience in the electronics industry in both the US and Japan, this book compares market research, design, and manufacturing techniques as used in both countries. Unlike other books on theJapanese business culture, Sprague gives specific advice and recommendations about what companies can do now to compete with Japan, clearly pointing out what is and what is not adaptable from the Japanese approach to business.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication



    Chapter One: Sprague in Japan: Expectations, Realities, and Some Lessons

    Chapter Two: The History of the Electronics Industry: Myths vs. Facts

    The Roots of Electronics

    What About Japan?

    U.S./Japan Semiconductor Competition Heats Up

    The Role and History of Capacitors in Electronics

    Chapter Three: The Process

    Ceramics at Sprague

    Manufacturing MLCs

    Ceramic Variables and Quality

    Other Devices, Other Processes

    Success and Failure at Sprague Electric: Early Sources

    Chapter Four: Sources of Competitive Advantage

    Advantages: Japan

    Advantages: United States

    Lifetime Employment: Realities and Drawbacks

    Chapter Five: From Basic Research to Actual Products




    Other Sources

    The Role and Management of Research and Development

    The Commercialization of Technology

    Allocation of Resources

    Teamwork in Technology Commercialization

    Personal Case Histories

    Chapter Six: The Work Force


    The U.S. Manager

    Management of Japanese-Owned American Companies

    Managerial Compensation


    Labor Relations

    Chapter Seven: Total Company Quality

    Learning from America: Japan and TQC

    How Sprague Exploited a Quality Advantage

    The United States and Quality Competitiveness

    Quality and Reliability

    Relations with Suppliers

    Supplier Links, Quality, and the Shell Club

    Chapter Eight: The Manufacturing Floor

    What is World Class Manufacturing?

    Just in Time (JIT) Systems

    Flexible Manufacturing

    The Sprague Electric Experience

    Manufacturing Management

    Similarities and a Big Difference

    Chapter Nine: The Marketplace

    Serving the U.S. Market: The Sprague Experience

    Corporate Structure and the Marketplace

    The United States Electronics Market

    Serving the Japanese Market

    American Successes in Japan

    Penetrating the Japanese Market

    Chapter Ten: Government and Capital

    The Costs of Government

    Government Industrial Policy and Direction

    Business/Government Relations

    The Cost of Capital

    Chapter Eleven: Challenges to Japan

    The Other Japan

    "The Tigers" and "The Cubs"


    The Future

    Chapter Twelve: Toward the Future

    The Semiconductor Industry

    Revitalizing the U.S. Electronics Industry: The Macro Perspective

    Revitalizing the U.S. Electronics Industry: The Micro Perspective

    Chapter Thirteen: NEWCO

    Epilogue: Sprague Electric Redux

    Notes and Sources


Product details

  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1993
  • Published: March 15, 1993
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483292298

About the Author

John Sprague

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "Revitalizing US Electronics"