Technological discontinuities and incumbents’ sourcing strategy: the case of electric batteries in the automotive industry

 

This project explores how carmakers manage their sourcing strategy to cope with the technological discontinuity provided by the Electric Vehicles. The study relies on a longitudinal research design and secondary sources to disentangle and correlate two separate domains: the technological evolution of batteries and the evolution of carmakers’ sourcing strategy. Both dimensions are analyzed and compared using the “life-cycle” model.

Patent production and technological dynamics in the global automotive industry

 

The automotive industry is a unique environment where complexity permeates product architectures, technology, organizational processes, as well as design and engineering activities. Cars are integral products that result from the combination of a large number of components, which incorporate different technologies and are linked to each other by complex interdependences.

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