Science as a tool for commercialization: A case of Kaneka's development of the solar business

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Abstract

With growing public concern about environmental issues, solar photovoltaics is becoming one of the most promising industries. The solar battery or solar cell module is a key device for this industry. Japanese solar cell manufacturers have been at the forefront in the progress of this technology. Most of these companies are electronics manufacturers, such as Sanyo electronics, Sharp, and Kyocera. Although Kaneka is one of these companies, it manufactures chemicals. How did Kaneka venture into this industry and build their competitiveness? This study analyzes its new business creation process. The results of this study show that science was Kaneka's key success factor. The paper proposes a new perspective on science as a tool for commercial innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT2010
Pages1153-1158
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul 30
Externally publishedYes
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT2010 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2010 Jun 22010 Jun 5

Publication series

Name5th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT2010

Conference

Conference5th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT2010
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period10/6/210/6/5

Keywords

  • Kaneka
  • New business creation
  • Science
  • Solar photovoltaics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management

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    Matsumoto, Y. (2010). Science as a tool for commercialization: A case of Kaneka's development of the solar business. In 5th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT2010 (pp. 1153-1158). [5492905] (5th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, ICMIT2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMIT.2010.5492905