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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 (7 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
  • The CO2 management decision problem in tactical sales planning of light commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe   Order a copy of this article
    by Till Uhlich, Karsten Kieckhäfer 
    Abstract: In this paper, the question of how trade-offs between contribution margins and CO2 fleet emissions could be managed within tactical sales planning of light commercial vehicle manufacturers in the EU is addressed. We develop a planning framework to derive optimal sales plans from both an ecological and environmental perspective, considering constraints such as available production and logistics capacities as well as market demand. Based on the framework, we analyse how alternative sales plans on the level of models, variants, and equipment options with similar contribution margins can lead to very different outcomes with respect to CO2 fleet emissions and vice versa. The results of this study indicate that sales planning with a detailed view on CO2 emissions is essential to ensure profitability of light commercial vehicle manufacturers until zero emission vehicles achieve competitive contribution margins and substantial market shares.
    Keywords: CO2 fleet emissions; CO2 management; volume planning; installation rate planning; automotive sales management; sales and operations planning.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2024.10061781
  • Risk perception, innovation, and supply chain resilience in China's new energy vehicle industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Zongsheng Huang, Yaqi Shi 
    Abstract: The global energy sector is undergoing a remarkable transformation, with rapid advancements observed in the new energy vehicle industry over the past decade. This research aims to explore the risk perception and supply chain innovation in China’s new energy vehicle industry and their subsequent impact on supply chain resilience. Data was collected from 278 questionnaires distributed among experienced professionals in the new energy vehicle industry. The results show that risk perception serves as a driving force behind supply chain innovation, which, in turn, contributes to enhanced supply chain resilience. The mediating path of risk perception
    Keywords: new energy vehicle; NEV; supply chain resilience; SCR; risk perception; innovation; flexibility; agility; alignment; China.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2024.10062139
  • The electric vehicle as organizational alibi: the cases of Stellantis Vigo, VW Navarra, and SEAT Martorell   Order a copy of this article
    by Pablo López-Calle, María Eugenia Ruiz-Gálvez, Alfredo Del Río-Casasola 
    Abstract: All around the world, the automotive industry is undergoing profound transformations that are affecting the living and labour conditions of thousands of workers throughout the sector. One hegemonic rationale offered to explain (and thereby justify) these changes is the sector’s ongoing process of decarbonisation
    Keywords: decarbonisation; automotive industry; technological determinism; Spain; VW; SEAT; PSA-STELLANTIS.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2024.10063046
  • From ICE to BEV Production in Europe: Industry Geography in Transition   Order a copy of this article
    by Thomas H. Klier, James Rubenstein 
    Abstract: This paper describes the distribution of battery electric vehicle (BEV) production in Europe and suggests explanations for the distinctive spatial pattern of BEV production that is unfolding in Europe. We show that the emerging distribution of final assembly plants and battery plants for BEV production varies from the existing distribution of assembly and engine operations for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle production. Economic geography factors underlying the distribution of motor vehicle production, including agglomeration and co-location, remain important in understanding Europe’s emerging geography of BEV production, yet factors unique to BEVs are altering the spatial pattern of production within Europe.
    Keywords: Europe; auto industry; production geography; vehicle assembly; battery production; electric vehicles; ICE vehicles.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2024.10063047

Special Issue on: GERPISA 2023 Towards sustainability The electrification of the automotive industry

  • Mechanism of Value Co-creation in New Product Development   Order a copy of this article
    by Connie Wu, William Hua Wang 
    Abstract: This research aims to explore the rapid development of Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) within the context of a technological paradigm shift. Based on the value co-creation (VCC) theoretical framework, this study focuses on the buyer-supplier relationship. We have conducted four in-depth case studies, comprising two buyers and two tier-one suppliers. Our findings confirm that efficient engagement platforms constitute the central element of the VCC mechanism, when buyers and suppliers work closely for the quick design and manufacture of EVs. Several additional findings further reveal the dynamics of Chinese EV companies, including buyer-consumer value co-creation (lifestyle products and services), buyer-other stakeholders value co-creation (for example batteries as a service, BaaS). Furthermore, buyer-buyer value co-creation is also observed (such as mobility as service, MaaS). The above findings drive us to propose an upgraded VCC framework.
    Keywords: community of practice; CoP; electric vehicle; EV; engagement platforms; ecosystem; new product development; NPD; value co-creation; VCC.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2024.10062546