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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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  • Fostering entrepreneurial competencies for business model innovation - the case of Audi Denkwerkstatt   Order a copy of this article
    by Benedict Seiferlein, Oliver Gernsheimer, Dominik K. Kanbach 
    Abstract: Corporate incubators are a phenomenon of increasing relevance to elicit business model innovation (BMI) within large firms. They equip talented employees with entrepreneurial competencies (ECs) to identify, build, and pursue new ventures. However, their specific approach in developing ECs conducive to BMI has been understudied so far. Based on an in-depth case study at Audi Denkwerkstatt, one of Germany’s most successful corporate incubators in BMI, we investigate how ECs emerge along the incubation process. Specifically, our study suggests four distinct levers facilitating EC development: 1) a dedicated team of venture developers, coaching and guiding the intrapreneurs; 2) friendly internal coopetition among the intrapreneurs, sparking positive tension and higher performance; 3) co-living, nurturing continuous creative exchange, team intimacy, and trust; 4) co-working and early partnering in the start-up ecosystem. Our findings underline the importance of corporate incubators in developing ECs to effectuate BMI in the automotive industry.
    Keywords: entrepreneurial competencies; business model innovation; corporate incubator; automotive manufacturers.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2022.10045209
  • Factors for Diffusion of Autonomous Vehicles Technology: Text Mining of Online News   Order a copy of this article
    by Joao Paulo Nascimento Silva, Paulo De Oliveira Lima Júnior, André Grützmann, Luiz Guilherme Rodrigues Antunes, Gabriel Pedrosa, Cledison C. Oliveira, Joel Yutaka Sugano 
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles technology is in prominent development and is already widespread in the most popular media. Therefore, it is important to understand how this diffusion is happening and how it can impact the development of technology. This study aims to understand which factors contribute to the diffusion of autonomous vehicles (AVs) through primary research sourcing online media data. Based on Rogers (1995), 11,017 online news articles were classified and analysed using software-assisted text mining. Results point to promotion efforts, observability, and relative advantage as the most critical among a cluster list of 28 factors. This study contributes to the literature by identifying and describing the aspects of playing a role in the AV technologies diffusion.
    Keywords: autonomous vehicles; diffusion of technology; diffusion factors; text mining.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2022.10046928
  • Patterns of green innovation in the automotive industry: empirical evidence from OECD countries 1990-2018   Order a copy of this article
    by Anna Novaresio, Pier Paolo Patrucco 
    Abstract: The paper identifies patterns of specialisation in different
    Keywords: automotive; innovation systems; technological change; sustainable transition.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2022.10048840
  • Barriers and drivers to implement innovative business models towards sustainable urban mobility   Order a copy of this article
    by João Valsecchi Ribeiro De Souza, Adriana Marotti De Mello, Roberto Marx 
    Abstract: This research aims to investigate the barriers organisations face when implementing innovative and sustainable business models for urban mobility industry. Organisations and practitioners are increasingly promoting sustainable mobility-oriented initiatives, and although the business model approach is frequently associated with the transitions to more sustainable mobility systems, their adoption investigation is still limited, and many initiatives fail or remain isolated. In this sense, the following question is pursued: what is the barriers organisations face when implementing innovative business models for sustainable urban mobility and which drivers are associated with the identified barriers? Multiple case-based researches were adopted through an empirical analysis among ten business models initiatives led in Brazil and China. The research results were organised in a framework composed of five barriers faced by the analysed organisations and the respective drivers according to the parts of a business model and the category of each barrier.
    Keywords: Brazil; China; emergent countries; large urban centres; sustainable business models; sustainable urban mobility; barriers; drivers; business model innovation; business models for sustainability; BMfS.

  • Does Industry 4.0 improve productivity Evidence from the Italian automotive supply chain   Order a copy of this article
    by Giuseppe Giulio Calabrese, Greta Falavigna 
    Abstract: This paper aims at investigating the diffusion, application, constraints and performance of the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies in the Italian automotive supply chain. The worldwide positioning of Stellantis is likely to move the Italian automotive industry from a core automotive country like the USA, Germany, or Japan to a semi-peripheral automotive country like the UK, Canada or Sweden focused mainly on the supply chain. The Italian automotive supply chain is one of the most relevant in Europe with more than 2,000 firms and covers all product specialisation. In the digitalisation transition era, industry 4.0 holds potential to reshape and reinforce existing regional supply chains. Literature suggests better performance for whom invested in Industry 4.0; however our findings did not match expectations although some interesting exceptions emerge.
    Keywords: Industry 4.0; digital transition; Italian automotive supply chain; productivity.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2022.10050600