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The role of 1st tier suppliers in automobile product modularisation: the search for a coherent strategy

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  • François Fourcade

    (CRG - Centre de recherche en gestion - CNRS : UMR7655 - Polytechnique - X)

  • Christophe Midler

    (CRG - Centre de recherche en gestion - CNRS : UMR7655 - Polytechnique - X)

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    Modularization is a growing concept in auto industry. Architectural decisions had been many time studied from the car maker's point of view. This article addresses the question of supplier's strategy in the modular business. A prior publication (Fourcade Midler 2004) showed that supplier's involvement could take various forms, from light coordination to heavy investment in deep module redesign. This article will investigate how these different modular involvement profile could fit in general 1st Tier supplier's strategy. It is based both on a general study of automotive suppliers industrial field and an interactive research that we have been pursuing in conjunction with one 1st Tier supplier since 2001.

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    Date of creation: 2005
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    Publication status: Published, Int. J. Automotive Technology and Management, 2005, 5, 2, 146-165
    Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00262872

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    1. Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA), 2011. "French mega-suppliers’ trajectories during the modular era: some evidences on Faurecia, Valeo and Plastic Omnium," Cahiers du GREThA 2011-20, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
    2. Vincent Frigant & Jean-Bernard Layan, 2009. "Géographie d'une industrie automobile modulaire : le cas des équipementiers français en Europe de l'Est," Revue d'économie régionale et urbaine, Armand Colin, vol. 0(4), pages 711-737.
    3. Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA), 2007. "Ten years of modularity: empirical evidences on the restructuring of the auto part industry (In French)," Cahiers du GREThA 2007-15, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
    4. Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113) & Stéphanie PERES (Bordeaux Sciences Agro, INRA, ISVV, USC 1320 GAIA) & Stéphane VIROL (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113), 2012. "How do SMEs to rise at the top of the supply chain? An econometric exploration of the French auto industry (In French)," Cahiers du GREThA 2012-16, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
    5. Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113), 2011. "Egyptian pyramid or Aztec pyramid: How should we describe the industrial architecture of automotive supply chains in Europe?," Cahiers du GREThA 2011-27, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.

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