Who drives the change? New and traditional players in the global automotive sector

26th International Colloquium of Gerpisa

11 June, 2018 - 09:00 - 14 June, 2018 - 17:00

University of São Paulo - School of Economics, Business and Accounting - FEA/USP

Organisation committee
Call for papers

The current international programme of research of GERPISA focuses on the new frontiers of the automotive sector intended, literally, as new emerging markets and industries, but also as new technologies, new innovation fields, new applications and regulations. In the last international colloquium in Paris we asked whether the transformations taking place in these new spaces and fields were disruptive or evolutionary as far as their nature and pace were concerned. This year in Sao Paulo, we would like to focus on the players who are involved in these transformations and their capacity to shape different types of futures and to drive the direction of change.
The complexity of the automotive sector has grown dramatically in the last years. Two worlds are colliding: on the one hand, the traditional world of carmakers, OEMs and car related distribution and services, which is dealing with the electrification and digitalization of cars, the digitalization of production and value chains, the transformations of mobility systems and more constraining environmental and transport regulations; on the other hand, the world of ICT, which is entering the automotive sector in many different ways (Tesla, Uber, Google, Amazon, Cisco, Huawei, etc.) and could change its structure and the very nature of its business. In addition, due to the electrification of cars, battery producers, as well as other companies in the battery and electric engine value chain, are becoming very significant players in the automotive sector.
Between them, local, regional, national and supranational governments are rapidly reshaping mobility systems, innovation systems, environmental and industrial policies in ways that could affect all these players. But the direction of change is also shaped by the roadmaps and technology expectations that shape the actions of many of these actors. Such visions are embodied in artefacts – consultants’ reports and analyses, industry advisory reports, technology roadmaps, patents pools, research papers and books, public policies and reports – that are produced by different types of actors who also require our attention.
What are the strategies and business models that these players deploy in order to transform or disrupt the automotive sector? How do they interact with each
other through competition, but also through alliances, consortiums, mergers and acquisitions, lobbying and political work and action? Who is driving the change in these fields of innovation: global or local players? Mature or emerging countries? Automotive or ICT companies? Products and technologies or policies and regulations?
We are aware that answers to those issues are not unique and during the São Paulo conference special attention will be devoted to better understand what would be the case of countries like Brazil (where no indigenous OEM exists) that seem to be losing the race to develop new competencies when compared with the situation of, let say, some years ago. Is there any space or opportunity for country strategies like Brazil’s in developing new products and services for the electrification and digitalization of vehicles? For instance, does the strong interconnection between these new technologies and the emergence of new mobility paradigms pave the way for more local solutions and innovations pushed by specific public policies? Do local players have an advantage in dealing with such transformations?
We are calling for empirical and/or conceptual studies focusing on these as well as other questions raised by the current reconfiguration of the automotive sector triggered by the entry of new actors, the emergence of new mobility systems, and fast and cumulative changes in public policies and regulations. We still also keep a special focus on the impact of all these changes on work and employment either in the recent past or in the foreseeable future.
Papers developing historical perspectives on all these issues are also welcome.
This call for papers is organized in five major themes of research that structure our on-going international programme on “The new frontiers of the global automotive industry”.
We also draw your attention to the special issue of the international journal IJATM that will be based on a selection of the best papers presented during the colloquium, including the winner of the young author’s prize, and to the special sub-theme on the future of work in collaboration with the International Labour Organization.
1. Embedding the automobile in societal contexts: new services, new uses, new integrated mobility systems, new business models (Bruce Belzowski, Alex Covarrubias, Bertha Vallejo)
2. New technologies: electrification, digitalization and beyond (Giuseppe Giulio Calabrese, Roberto Marx)
3. Production models and strategies, new and traditional players: between incremental and disruptive innovation (Thomas Klier, Tommaso Pardi)
4. Employment and labour relations: between segmentation and
convergence (Tommaso Pardi, Martin Krzywdzinski, Jorge Carrillo-Viveros)
5. Public policies – national and regional clusters: between path dependency/inertia and structural change (Sigfrido Ramirez, Bruno Jetin)



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L’autopartage au Japon : un marché en pleine expansion mais fortement contrasté

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Type of seminar: 
Journée du Gerpisa n°: 
9 March, 2018 - 09:00 - 10:30

CCFA, 2 rue de Presbourg, 75008 Paris (métro et RER Charles de Gaulle Etoile)

ATTENTION le séminaire aura lieu en matinée


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Journée du GERPISA n°239 – Yveline LECLER & Bruno FAIVRE D’ARCIER
L’autopartage au Japon : Un marché en pleine expansion mais fortement contrasté
Vendredi 9 mars 2018 (09h00-10h30)
Au CCFA, 2 rue de Presbourg, 75008 Paris (métro et RER Charles de Gaulle Etoile)
Intervenants :
Yveline LECLER
Université de Lyon (Sciences-Po Lyon), Institut d’Asie Orientale (ENSL, CNRS UMR 5062)
Université de Lyon (Lyon2), Laboratoire Aménagement, Économie, Transports (CNRS UMR 5593)
08h45 – accueil
9h00 – 10h30 – présentation par Yveline LECLER & Bruno FAIVRE D’ARCIER, de leur recherche récemment conduite au Japon sur l’autopartage et ses acteurs économiques, puis Q&A avec la salle
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Koichi Shimizu - obituary


It is with great sorrow that we learned Koichi Shimizu’s sudden passing this summer. At the beginning of March he was with us in Paris, introducing us to the latest developments at Toyota, at one of the sessions of Gerpisa’s monthly seminar. For some months he had been keeping us informed of his cancer and the course of treatment he was following, without ever complaining, depressing or pestering. The last time we saw him, he was rather confident – and so were we – the disease having not altered his energy and lucidity. He was passionate about research and he often regretted not being able to devote more time to it. Nevertheless, he assumed his academic position with conviction, notably that of Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Okayama for some years. He was counting on retirement to carry out the work on Toyota he had undertaken. The disease did not grant him with enough time.
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GERPISA mini-conference, Paris, January 12th, 2018 - What future for the automotive sector in industrialised countries ?

Type of seminar: 
Journée du Gerpisa n°: 
12 January, 2018 - 09:00 - 17:00

CCFA, 2 rue de Presbourg, 75008 Paris
(Métro/RER Charles de Gaulle Etoile. La rue de Presbourg donne sur le côté sud de l'avenue des Champs-Elysées)


From post crisis strategies to long term survival : what futures for the car industry in industrialised countries
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En préparation de son colloque académique annuel (qui aura lieu du 11 au 14 juin 2018 à Sao Paolo au Brésil) et à l'occasion de la réunion à Paris mi-janvier 2018 de nombreux chercheurs du réseau international, qui approfondiront leurs travaux présentés lors des derniers colloques internationaux (Puebla 2016, Paris 2017), le GERPISA invite ses membres et parties prenantes en France (représentants de l’industrie, acteurs des mobilités, administrations en charge des politiques publiques) à une journée de conférence pour discuter de l’avenir de l’industrie automobile en Europe et en Amérique du Nord, à l’aune des grandes tendances à l’œuvre depuis la crise de 2008-09.

Koichi Shimizu nous a quittés


Koichi Shimizu nous a quittés brutalement. Début mars, il était parmi nous à Paris. Il nous avait présenté les dernières évolutions de Toyota, lors d’une journée de travail du Gerpisa. Il avait tenu depuis quelques mois à nous informer de son cancer et du traitement qu’il suivait, sans jamais se plaindre, déprimer ou pester. La dernière fois que nous l’avons vu, il était plutôt confiant et nous avec lui, la maladie n’ayant pas altéré son énergie et sa lucidité. Il était passionné par la recherche et il regrettait souvent de ne pouvoir y consacrer plus de temps. Il n’en a pas moins assumé avec conviction sa charge académique, notamment celle de Doyen de la Faculté d’Économie de l’Université de Okayama pendant quelques années. Il comptait sur la retraite pour mener à bien l’ouvrage sur Toyota qu’il avait entrepris. La maladie ne lui en a pas laissé le temps.
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