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Dear colleagues,


Is the focus of automotive innovation shifting to East Asia?

To discuss this, we invite you to contribute to our Technovation Special Issue and joint workshop on Innovation in the East-Asian Automotive Industry.

A keynote speech on the central theme will be given by fellow guest editor Prof. T. Fujimoto (Tokyo University).


Please find the full Call for Papers here: http://www.uni-due.de/in-east/fileadmin/news/Full_size/CfP_-_Innovation_in_the_EA_Automotive_Industry_-_June_19-20-2015.pdf  


To be considered for participation, please submit either full papers or an extended abstract until February 15, 2015 (1000 to max. 2000 words, including references).

All contributions should be submitted to the workshop secretariat:

Birgit Geith, Email: [log in to unmask]



Important Dates


Extended abstract submission: 15 February 2015

Acceptance notification: 15 March 2015

Full paper submission: 31 May 2015

Workshop: 19-20 June 2015

Special Issue

Revised paper submission: 30 August 2015



The questions we want to address in this workshop and Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

        What are the institutional factors that enable radical innovations and leapfrogging in East Asia? E.g. what is the role of domestic consumers, governments and regulations, or home country knowledge sources?

        How does the internationalization of technology sourcing affect East Asian automotive firms and automotive suppliers (e.g. Chinese automaker Qoros or component purchasing in East Asia for the BMW i3 model)?

        Which organizational processes account for Toyota’s success in bringing radical innovation to the mass-production stage? How does Toyota combine the paradox of continuous improvement and “technological leaps” (see also Osonono, Shimizu & Takeuchi 2008)?

        Are Asian carmakers such as Hyundai (Korea) and Geely or SAIC (China) better equipped to design cars for emerging market consumers? How can cost-advantages in production be combined with innovative product development?

        How do Asian carmakers globalize their product development activities to create innovation for their local consumers?

        What is the role of supplier networks and business groups (i. e., Keiretsu, Chaebol) in the innovation process?

        What patterns of supplier development strategies do we see by East Asian carmakers and to what extent do they transfer their supplier development strategies to other regions?

        How will the integration of new propulsion technologies in electric, hybrid, or fuel cell vehicles affect automotive development for the Chinese, Japanese or Korean markets?

        How do carmakers and suppliers from the emerging countries in East Asia deal with the increasing need to integrate diverse technological fields such as mechanics, electronics and software in new car developments? Are methods different than in the west?

        How do US, European, and Japanese automotive firms, who invest in Chinese production and R&D units deal with problems of knowledge transfer and the danger of knowledge dispersion?

        How do national and micro (organization level) innovation systems interact in East Asia in the introduction of new technologies such as electric vehicles? What are the local challenges of standard setting in the automotive industry and how do they affect technology diffusion?

        How can we judge the success of infant industry policies towards automotive firms in East Asia and what does this mean for carmakers in dynamic markets such as China?

        How are new service industries created and coordinated around new vehicle technologies? What is the role of innovative start-ups and the SME sector in Asia?

        Values: Do certain social pre-conditions support innovativeness? Do informal institutions and informal social networks play an important role in the automotive industry?


We look forward to your contributions.



Best regards,


Roman Bartnik



Dr. Roman Bartnik

IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


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