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Case Western survey reveals good side and ugly side of automotive supply chain

March 20, 2012 by MAGNET Ohio

By Susan R. Helper and Tim Krueger America’s automotive supply chain is a vital organ of our country’s economic engine, employing about 578,500 workers.  The lower tiers of the supply chain alone account for 30% of U.S. auto industry employment. In 2008 and 2009, when fear of an auto industry collapse was palpable, the fate of the supply chain was a major concern both because of the number of American jobs it supports and because a problem in one small part of the supply chain can send disastrous ripple effects through the entire industry.  Given its importance, our team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University set out to study the health of America’s automotive supply chain.  We sought to gain a better understanding of the industry’s problems, and their solutions. Our study was funded by the federal Department of Labor, and we are grateful to MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, for their collaboration as well. In a nutshell, the results of our study show that not all automotive suppliers are equal.  In fact, even firms with similar core competencies, supplying similar products for similar prices, adopt entirely different business strategies.  What’s more, it turns out that different

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