21.05.2015 - 00:00:00
Coordinating Technological Change
Best Paper Award Granted to IN-EAST School Member at Global Supply Chain Management Conference
Most observers agree that cars in 100 years will not be powered by gasoline. However, there is intense discussion about how fast and in what direction propulsion technology will change. How do automobile manufacturers meet the new challenges? Roman Bartnik, Research Group Leader at the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies, is examining this question. His focus of research lies on complex project settings such as supply management and inter-firm project coordination. Together with Youngwon Park, Professor at Tokyo University, Manufacturing Management Research Center (MMRC), Bartnik was granted the Best Paper Award for their paper on “Effects of technological evolution on supply chain integration” at the 7th Global Supply Chain Management Conference on March 28, 2015 at Zhejiang University / China.
“‘Herding cats’ is how project managers sometimes describe their job. Automotive project managers may feel they have to herd cats, mice, and maybe a few dogs. While this is challenging, automotive project managers have a number of tools at their disposal to manage the menagerie”, Bartnik and Park explain in their abstract. “We look at a specific setting of inter-firm coordination, and study the effects of recent technological changes on the project managers’ tools for coordination. This includes an analysis of supply chain cooperation between Japanese and German OEMs and tier one suppliers, and implications for newly emerging Chinese automotive firms.”
Full title of the winning paper: “Effects of technological evolution on supply chain integration: Evidence from hybrid vehicle production in Japan and Germany and implications for automotive production in emerging economies.”
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