Title: Digitalisation, innovation, and industrial organisation: the pivotal case of the auto industry

Authors: Olivier Bomsel, Gilles Le Blanc

Addresses: Cerna, Centre of Industrial Economics, Ecole des Mines de Paris, 60 Bd St Michel 75006 Paris, France. ' Cerna, Centre of Industrial Economics, Ecole des Mines de Paris, 60 Bd St Michel 75006 Paris, France

Abstract: This paper considers the economics of digitalisation, defined as the digital coding of information and the growing productivity gains in processing and transmission it enables. It examines the effects of this process on existing models of the firm, industry structure and innovation. The diffusion and adoption of digital innovations are then illustrated by the example of the automobile industry. This sector offers instructive insights since it played a crucial role in the history of industrial innovation and competitive business models.

Keywords: digitalisation; networks; electronic business; e-business; innovation; customer relationship; car industry; firm theory; automobile industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2004.005026

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2004 Vol.2 No.2, pp.193 - 204

Published online: 23 Aug 2004 *

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