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

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 2, Number 3-4, p.239-260 (2002)



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. © 2002 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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