The automobile technological systems. An empirical analysis of four European countries

Leoncini, Riccardo ; Montresor, Sandro (1999) The automobile technological systems. An empirical analysis of four European countries. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/706.
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The aim of this paper is to study the automobile industry of the most important European countries (France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy) from a sectoral, system perspective. The main relationships within and between the building blocks constituting the automobile technological system are mapped and evaluated, both in cross-sectional and in temporal terms. The importance of the sectoral TS as the unit of our analysis appears evident at both levels. Some general sectoral properties emerge, which however hold in the four countries to a different extent, thus suggesting how the institutional set-up works as a differentiating element. A sustained process of change in the various elements of the automobile TS is detected, nevertheless resulting in a relatively stable path of development. The countries considered reveal different patterns of motor vehicles trade specialisation in different geographical areas, with changes over time. Also foreign direct investments show the existence of very different trajectories and outward/inward balances.

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Leoncini, Riccardo
Montresor, Sandro
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17 Jun 2004
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