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The role of ICT in the strategic integration of the automotive supply-chain


  • Giuseppe Volpato
  • Andrea Stocchetti


An analysis of the recent evolution of the automotive supply chain shows that an extraordinary reorganisation in the whole industry structure has begun. The most relevant goal of this reorganisation is the integration of all the automotive chain from the part-supply flow to the OEM for the final assembly, to car delivery. It is a wide re-engineering project based on a deep integration of all the activities of the automotive chain, made possible by the new potentialities offered by Information & Communication Technology (ICT). Nonetheless, ICT alone cannot solve problems arising from organisational inadequacy and from defective customer-supplier relations. This paper investigates these issues and presents the main results of an empirical research.

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  • Giuseppe Volpato & Andrea Stocchetti, 2002. "The role of ICT in the strategic integration of the automotive supply-chain," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(3/4), pages 239-260.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijatma:v:2:y:2002:i:3/4:p:239-260

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    Cited by:

    1. Stocchetti, Andrea & Scattola, Elena, 2011. "Supply chain management in industrial production. A retrospective view," MPRA Paper 33094, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Buzzavo, Leonardo & Stocchetti, Andrea & Volpato, Giuseppe, 2003. "The integration of the automobile supply chain: new competitive forms and ICT," MPRA Paper 31576, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Giuseppe Volpato & Andrea Stocchetti, 2008. "Managing product life cycle in the auto industry: evaluating carmakers effectiveness," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 8(1), pages 22-41.


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