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Technological practices in the European auto industry: Exploring cases from Belgium, Germany and Portugal

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  • Moniz, António
  • Krings, Bettina
  • Van Hootegem, Geert
  • Huys, Rik

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The relation between work organisation and technological practices in auto industry is analysed in this article. The concept of “technological practice” in this sector is used to describe the specific ways of embedding information and communication technology applications into the organizational forms and cultural patterns. This concept was developed with the Sowing project (TSER, DG XII) and that approach included either the shop floor co-operation up to the regionally based networks of companies and supporting institutions. The authors studied different sectors in the automotive firms of different European countries (Germany, Belgium and Portugal): shopfloor and production lines, design and management and the local inter-relationships. It was underlined some evidencies of the different alternatives in terms of technological practices for the same sector. Much of the litterature try to disseminate an idea of a single (and optimum) organisational model for the same type of product. And here, even with the same type of technology, and of product (medium-high range), one can find different models, different cultures, different ways of organising the industrial structure (firms, regional institutions, R&D centres) in the same sector (auto industry).

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 5659.

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Date of creation: Jun 2001
Date of revision: Jun 2001
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:5659

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Keywords: Automobile sector; technological practice; Information and Communication Technologies; work organisation; industrial structure; production models;

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  1. Moniz, António, 1996. "Novos modelos de produção na indústria automóvel? Análise de uma fábrica de motores em Portugal
    [New production models in the automotive industry? Analysis of an engine factory in Portugal]
    ," MPRA Paper 7207, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 1996.
  2. Moniz, António & Kovács, Ilona, 2000. "Conditions Of Inter-Firm Co-Operation In A Virtual Enterprise Concept : The Case Of Automotive Sector In Portugal," MPRA Paper 5658, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2000.
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  1. Moniz, António, 2004. "Discussão de temas de cenarização para a indústria automóvel para aplicação do método Delphi em Portugal
    [Discussion of scenario topics for the automotive industry to apply a Delphi method
    ," MPRA Paper 5933, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Nov 2007.
  2. Moniz, António, 2006. "Competitividade no sector automóvel e formas inovadoras de gestão do emprego em Portugal
    [Competitivity in the Portuguese automotive sector and innovative forms of employment management]
    ," MPRA Paper 6970, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Aug 2006.

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