Job and skill impacts of new technology in the East Asian electronics industry: Some aspects of recent literature

Richard Heeks, Anne Slamen-McCann

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Abstract

This article reviews recent (post-1985) literature on the job and skill impacts of new manufacturing technologies associated with the East Asian electronics export industry. It describes the unique technological and cultural aspects of the framework within which the industry has evolved to successfully manage the assimilation of new technology and to innovate. Employment levels are not falling in the face of automation. Indeed, the main problem remains labour shortage. Imported technology has been effectively absorbed and technological capabilities have been accumulated up to levels of globally-competitive innovation in the most successful cases. There is a fresh round of international division of labour in which East Asia emerges as a new 'core', and a second-tier of Asian nations as a new 'periphery'. The role played by governments has been important, but national tri-partite mechanisms need to be fostered to address the rapidly emerging issue of continuous training and retraining of the workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-71
Number of pages21
JournalScience, Technology and Development
Volume14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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  • Global Development Institute

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