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International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management
International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management


Special Issue on: "SMEs in New Automotive Supply Chains"

Guest Editor:
Prof. Vincent Frigant, University of Bordeaux, France

During the last twenty years, automotive supply chains have seen a deep transformation, one element of which is the strong development of first-tier suppliers, sometimes referred to as mega-suppliers. But what of small and middle enterprises (SMEs)? The aim of this special issue is to identify the role of SMEs in the new organisation of automotive supply chains and, with a more prospective view, to address the question of their future.

Topics to be addressed in this issue include the following:

  • What is the importance of SMEs in the current supply chain? The pyramidal view of the supply chain suggests that SMEs have only a marginal role in the automotive industry - is this true? Are there some differences between carmakers, and between geographic areas (USA, Japan, Europe, China, others emerging countries)? And if yes, why?
  • If SMEs do not disappear, what are their roles? Pure subcontracting? Innovation? Co-development? What is the competitive advantage of SMEs?
  • Following the previous question, does the development of new vehicles (such as electric cars) create some opportunities for SMEs (since electric vehicles are niche market, because they require new competences, etc.)?
  • Can the development of open innovation strategies by some carmakers create some opportunities for new firms (such as engineering SMEs) to enter into the supply chain?
  • Recently, several suppliers from emerging countries tried to buy SMEs from developed countries which were suffering from bankruptcy. How can we explain this strategy? Does it represent a new trend or merely some isolated cases?

The issue welcomes both empirical and theoretical contributions related to the proposed topics (see 'Subject Coverage'). Case studies, surveys and papers based on empirical data are preferred; a rigorous research methodology is required, as well as a review of existing literature and adequate reference to bibliographical sources.

We also propose to discuss the paper at a special issue session at the 20th GERPISA International Conference, 30th May to 1st June, Cracow, Poland.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Role of SMEs in the organisation of automotive supply chains
  • Strategic behaviours of SMEs (diversification, innovation, internationalisation, delocalisation, etc.)
  • Comparative analysis of supply chains (by OEM, by countries) with focus on SMEs
  • New product development and SMEs
  • Automotive SMEs from emerging countries
  • Competitive advantage of SMEs vs. big first-tier suppliers

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for (extended) abstract submission: 30 April, 2012

Response from Guest Editor: 31 May, 2012

Deadline for full paper submission: 13 July, 2012