Fuji Xerox and the Xerox Corp.: Turning Tables?

Published 01 Jan 2003
Reference 5097
Topic Strategy
Region Global
Summary

In the early 1960s Fuji-Xerox is formed as a joint venture of two leading US and Japanese firms. Over time the venture acquires increasing autonomy, as its strategic vision, quality improvement expertise, and innovative capabilities render its most active parent, Xerox, increasingly dependent on its success.

Teaching objectives

The case can be used to illustrate issues relating to corporate control of alliances and joint ventures, and in particular when, whether and to what extent tight or loose control is appropriate. It also allows a discussion of the success conditions for local entrepreneurship in multinational companies. The evolution of alliances and joint ventures over time, and the means by which parties on either and both sides may resolve or exacerbate conflicts according to circumstances, may also be probed.

Keywords
  • AR2003
  • AR0203
  • RD0503
  • FUJI XEROX
  • FUJI PHOTO FILM
  • XEROX
  • RANK XEROX
  • ALLIANCE
  • JOINT VENTURE
  • TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
  • R&D COLLABORATION