Title: The new relational schemas of inter-firms cooperation: the case of the Coahuila automobile cluster in Mexico

Authors: Miguel Gaston Cedillo-Campos, Juan Sanchez-Garza, Cuauhtemoc Sanchez Ramirez

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, COMIMSA – National Council of Science and Technology, Blvd. Oceania No. 190, Fracc. Saltillo 400, C.P. 25290, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, COMIMSA – National Council of Science and Technology, Blvd. Oceania No. 190, Fracc. Saltillo 400, C.P. 25290, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, COMIMSA – National Council of Science and Technology, Blvd. Oceania No. 190, Fracc. Saltillo 400, C.P. 25290, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Abstract: This paper shows the first findings of a research project that tries to help local supply-base to integrate the global automotive supply chains. With a holistic framework it analyses the new organisational patterns in the Mexican automotive industry value chain. In particular the evolution towards greater relational interdependency between automotive actors. This research project, in partnership with assemblers, suppliers and local authorities, tries to organise a set of key performance indicators specific to the local cluster. In fact, the project seeks to improve the dynamic competitive advantages and to integrate strategies to provide greatest local value.

Keywords: holistic approach; global supply chains; automobile industry; cooperation strategies; regional impacts; automotive supply chains; inter-firm cooperation; supply chain management; SCM; Mexico; automotive clusters; automotive value chain; key performance indicators.

DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2006.012233

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2006 Vol.6 No.4, pp.406 - 418

Published online: 30 Jan 2007 *

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