Energy, Geopolitics and Information Production
A Narrative on Trading Companies in Imperial Japan
キーワード:information production、 trading company、 oil shale retort、 first globalization
A profit source for trading companies is matching demand with supply in highly differentiated markets. For this, intensive communication with both the demand and supply sides is essential. In the first age of globalization, building such networks globally was critical. We study how major trading companies navigated a sensitive transaction in imperial Japan: the procurement of shale oil retort facilities for Manchuria. Our archival research with confidential company documents reveals that trading companies logistically supported engineers from Japanese buyers to meet engineers from Western suppliers in person and visit plants in the West to acquire tacit knowledge beyond written specifications.
利益相反に関する開示The authors do not have any conflicts of interests regarding this study.
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