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Between Internationalisation and Proximity: the internationalisation process of automotive first tier suppliers

Vincent Frigant ()

Cahiers du GREThA from Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée(GREThA)

Abstract: The paper analyses the strategies of internationalization pursued by first tier automotive suppliers (FTS). The advent of modular production in this sector implies many changes in vertical relationships, which can in turn be used to explain the causes and forms of suppliers’ internationalization. The paper tries to explain internationalization patterns via an analytical grid wherein proximity needs are portrayed as a function of the complexity and exclusivity of inter-firm interactions. The argument applied in this article is broken down into three sections: the first reconsiders the transformations induced by modularization; the second presents some stylized facts about the internationalization of FTS; and the third part both presents an analytical grid and derives its implications in terms of location of suppliers.

Keywords: Internationalisation; Modularity; Industrial Geography; Vertical Relationships; First Tier Suppliers; Automotive (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L62 R3 F23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2007
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