Technological Practices in the European Auto Industry: Exploring Cases from Belgium, Germany and Portugal

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2002

24 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2008

See all articles by António B. Moniz

António B. Moniz

UNL-FCT; Institut für Technik­folgen­abschätzung und Systemanalyse; IET-CICS.NOVA

Bettina Krings

ITAS-Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology

Rik Huys

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

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).

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

JEL Classification: J24, L23, L62, O33

Suggested Citation

Moniz, Antonio Brandao and Krings, Bettina J. and Hootegem, Geert Van and Huys, Rik, Technological Practices in the European Auto Industry: Exploring Cases from Belgium, Germany and Portugal (2002). International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1087924

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Bettina J. Krings

ITAS-Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe ( email )

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Germany

Geert Van Hootegem

KU Leuven - Department of Sociology ( email )

Belgium

Rik Huys

KU Leuven - HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society ( email )

Parkstraat 47
Leuven, BE3000
Belgium

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