The new game of innovation in the world automotive industry: how the structuring of new industries and the restructuring of old ones are changing the rules?


Deadline is now extended to Monday, 30th March 2015

23rd International Colloquium of GERPISA

10 June, 2015 - 09:00 - 12 June, 2015 - 17:00

ENS Cachan, 61 avenue du Président Wilson, 94 230 Cachan

Organisation committee
Deadline for sending the proposals: 
30 March, 2015 (All day)
Deadline for submitting the papers: 
30 May, 2015 (All day)

In 2012 Gerpisa launched its 6th international research programme on “the structuring of new automobile industries and the restructuring of old ones”. Its main hypothesis was that these two processes were interlinked and would have crucial consequences for the geopolitical balance of the world automotive industry. Since 2012 the work conducted and presented at Gerpisa's annual international colloquiums has confirmed this assumption, but some of the radical changes we expected to take place in product policies (from global models to local heterogeneity) and productive organization (from global platforms to multi-domestic ones) remain to be confirmed. Yet, it is the very organization of innovation activities within the automotive sector that is perhaps undergoing the most radical changes both in its geographical distribution amongst mature and emerging countries, and its division of work between carmakers, OEMs and new players, and between traditional R&D centers within these firms, new R&D subsidiaries and external partners.
This Call for Papers thus asks for submissions that examine if and how these radical changes are taking place. More generally, we will welcome papers that explore how restructuring processes in old automotive industries (TRIAD) and structuring processes in new automotive industries (BRIC and new emergent markets) affect innovation, and how new patterns of innovation alter the overall balance of the global automotive industry. How the challenges coming from new markets, new green regulations and new patterns of mobility, are changing the rules of the innovation game? How the structuring/restructuring process and the greening of automotive industry are redistributing the cards amongst incumbent and challengers? Who (amongst carmakers, OEMs, service providers) and where (amongst TRIAD and emergent countries) is winning the game and why?

In order to explore these questions, 6 specific series of questions are proposed below. We also draw your attention to the special issue of the international journal IJATM that will be based on a selection of the best papers presented during the colloquium, including the winner of the young author’s prize (vii).

i) Automobilisation of societies, new and used car markets, and business opportunities in the industry
ii) New powertrains and new forms of mobilities: global tendencies, politics and markets
iii) Carmakers at a crossroads: new product architectures and new productive organizations?
iv) Fragmentation of supply chains and growth of international transactions
v) Industrial policies in American, Asian, and European automotive industries: regionalisation and innovation
vi) Employment relationships: competencies in transition?
vii) IJATM special issue (GERPISA colloquium) and the young author’s prize


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Call for Papers
R/EVolutions. New technologies and services in the automotive

Gerpisa's 25th international colloquium
June 14th – 16th, 2017
ENS Paris-Saclay at Cachan (Paris area)

Dear members of the international research network,

The GERPISA is pleased to announce the launch of its call for papers for
the 2017 annual colloquium, to be held June 14-16, 2017 at the Ecole
Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay (formerly known as ENS Cachan -
location still unchanged) in Paris.

Click here to read the full call for papers in English : (also attached in pdf format). read more

[Test] CfP - Les pratiques du low cost - Nouvelle Revue du travail

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A la demande de Jean-Pierre Durand, directeur de la rédaction de la
Nouvelle Revue du Travail, nous relayons un autre appel à contributions au
sujet du low cost et de ses effets sociaux, qui pourrait intéresser
certains membres du réseau de recherche.
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Dear members of the international research network,
please find hereby attached another CfP pertaining to the theme of low cost
industries. Although the review is in French language, they might be
interested in cases and research from other countries.

Best Regards

Géry Deffontaines

Ingénieur de recherche
ENS Cachan
61 avenue du Président Wilson
94 235 Cachan Cedex, France

+33(0)1 47 40 59 50

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The project GEDI


Scientific Context and Project Objectives

Developed by political scientists and economists working on four industries –cars, wine, pharmaceuticals and aquaculture- this project is based upon the following observation: the government and administration of European productive activity remains understudied and poorly understood, thus supporting the absurd myth of European integration as above all an economic process. Founded on the conviction that the integration of economies in Europe has been, on the contrary, a governed process, the principal objective of this research project is to generate systematic knowledge on the European government of industries which will enable analysis of the type of integration that has actually occurred.

As regards the existing literature, we have chosen to challenge the dominant perspective which continues to reproduce the idea that the nation-state remains the most powerful scale of regulation in Europe and that national political economies are still clearly separated from what is regulated at the scale of the European Union (EU). This paradigm has serious consequences: it prevents research from systematically examining the actors who participate in the European government of industries, their operating modes and the effects that this has on both the instruments of public policy and the behaviour of firms. This project’s overall objective is to change paradigms and consider instead that:

  • a single government of the EU exists;
  • despite its fragmentation, this government possesses consistent features which effect all industries in Europe;
  • intersectoral comparison is the most stimulating means of generating knowledge about these effects and their causes.

Description of project and its methodology

Our analytical framework conceptualizes industries as being governed by institutionalorders made up of four fundamental instituted relationships which concern ways of mobilizing and managing respectively employment, finance, supply and marketing. If these relationships feature some stability, they are nevertheless dynamic because they are constantly the object of politicalwork in order to institutionalize, deinstitutionalize or reinstitutionalize them.

Our intersectoral comparison of this European political work will be ‘cross-cut’ by hypotheses concerning the impact of four European trans-industry policies.

  • Competition policy;
  • Sustainable development policy;
  • Actions on employment policy labelled ‘flexicurité’;
  • External trade.

According to existing research, two of the industries we have selected experienced early ‘Europeanization’ (cars and wine), whereas the others have undergone Europeanizations that are generally described as ‘late’ (pharmaceuticals, aquaculture). In this project, the government of each of these industries will be studied at the scale of the EU, ie. by analyzing all the arenas of deliberation and negotiation involved (be they ‘community’ ones, ‘national’, ‘transnational’ ‘subnational’ etc.).
Financed by the French Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), and ‘staffed’ by political scientists, economists and historians who work essentially in two research centres based in Bordeaux (SPIRIT, GREThA), our team will apply a single research design using semi-structured interviews, statistical analysis, and archives.
Results anticipated
First, in terms of empirical results for each industry the project will generate new data which will be useful for research but also for decision-makers (public authorities, trade unions, firms).
Second, through validating or invalidating our transversal hypotheses, and through giving rise to at least three books and numerous journal articles, the project will enable the researchers involved to participate actively in three major international scientific debates:

  • the links between politics and economics;
  • the causes of European integration;
  • the structure and the substance of the European government of industry.
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