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International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management (IJATM)

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International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management (5 papers in press)

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  • Tech play and global play in the automotive industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Lisa Kraus, Heike Proff 
    Abstract: To maximise profits, traditional automotive companies have to invest heavily both in new technologies, e.g., for connectivity, autonomy and sharing, as well as in international operations in the international growth markets. At the same time, capital markets are pushing automotive companies very strongly towards
    Keywords: ecosystems; goal conflicts; mediation; global play; tech play.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2023.10057998
  • Exploring the Evolution of the Automotive Ecosystem in Morocco: Insights from Semi-Structured Interviews   Order a copy of this article
    by ZAKARIA GHAFS, Abdelaziz El Abjani 
    Abstract: The automotive industry is undergoing a global transformation, and Morocco is also experiencing significant changes in its automotive ecosystem. This study utilises semi-structured interviews as a scientific method to investigate the opportunities and challenges for innovative management in navigating this transformation in Morocco. Through semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in the Moroccan automotive industry, this research identifies various factors that influence the transformation of the ecosystem, including government policies, technological advancements, customer preferences, and competition. Furthermore, the study discusses how creative management practices, aligned with the global value chains (GVC) concept, can enable companies in Morocco to seize opportunities and overcome challenges associated with this transformation. The findings of this research have implications for automotive SMEs in Morocco and can provide insights for policymakers and practitioners in other emerging economies. Moreover, a new conceptual framework is proposed to analyse automotive ecosystems.
    Keywords: automotive; industry; innovation; ecosystem; SME; Morocco; management practices; global value chains; GVC; semi-structured interviews.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2024.10060523

Special Issue on: From oil to electricity, are high voltage batteries a game change?

  • Electric batteries and critical materials dependency: a geopolitical analysis of the USA and the European Union   Order a copy of this article
    by Bruno Jetin 
    Abstract: This article estimates the import dependency of the USA and the European Union on the raw materials needed to produce batteries that equip electric vehicles. The dependency is very high on many critical materials and on batteries themselves. In a geopolitical context marked by the rising USA-China rivalry and new cold wars, it has prompted the USA and the EU to support local mining and processing of critical materials in an attempt to recover their strategic autonomy. They have also deployed raw material diplomacy to secure access to resource-rich countries by favouring allied countries whenever possible. Both decisions are difficult to implement, and progress is slow. China’s dominance over the electric battery is difficult to circumscribe, especially since the USA, with the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), does not hesitate to defend its interests at the expense of the EU. The result is a politicisation of business, forcing global production networks to align themselves with the opposing blocs.
    Keywords: electric vehicles; lithium-ion battery; critical minerals; dependency; raw materials diplomacy; China; Inflation Reduction Act; IRA; European Battery Alliance; mining.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2023.10059315
  • Work and employment in the lithium-ion battery industry for electric vehicles: a preliminary overview   Order a copy of this article
    by Tommaso Pardi 
    Abstract: The article develops a general overview of the main economic, political and institutional factors that are shaping the structuring of the fast emerging lithium-ion battery industry for electric vehicles and their implications for the quality of jobs that are created. It also characterises the evolving employment relationships of the three main groups of battery makers: the incumbent group of East-Asia companies; the
    Keywords: lithium-ion battery industry; work and employment; industrial policies; start-ups; OEMS; electric vehicles.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2023.10059845

Special Issue on: From Oil to Electricity, are High Voltage Batteries a Game Changer

  • When regulations shape the future of an industry, the case of the high voltage battery   Order a copy of this article
    by Christophe Midler, Marc Alochet 
    Abstract: In China, Europe and the USA, the transition from thermal to battery electric vehicles is ongoing under the effect of technology forcing regulations. We investigate whether and how those related to high voltage batteries could shape the future of the automotive industry. While China is leading the way, Europe and the USA, with very high levels of funding, are racing against time to catch up and develop a sustainable battery value chain controlled by local champions. As the US resorts to protectionism, we hypothesise that we may see the emergence of three geographic production hubs, ending the globalisation of the battery industry.
    Keywords: high voltage battery; zero emission vehicle; ZEV; regulation; China; Europe; USA; battery manufacturing; battery supply chain; localisation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2023.10060522