Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

  • Reference: HBS-609018-E

  • Year: 2007

  • Number of pages: 28

  • Geographic Setting: South Korea

  • Publication Date: Oct 8, 2016

  • Source: HBSP (USA)

  • Type of Document: Case

  • Company: $4 billion

  • Industry Setting: Shipbuilding

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Description

Explores the journey of aggressive learning and capability building in the operations of a major Korean Shipbuilder. While DSHM had once used its superior learning capability to topple its Japanese competition, it now faced the potential for a similar attack from new Chinese competitors. Without outsourcing some of its work to China, DSHM would become uncompetitive. However, in outsourcing the work, some skills would necessarily have to be transferred, potentially teaching the future competition and providing them with a platform to attack DSHM's core markets.

Keywords

Operations management Strategy