The Diversity of Internationalization Strategies and Trajectories of European Automobile Sector Firms

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Freyssenet M. Shimizu K., Volpato G., Introduction: The Diversity of Internationalization Strategies and Trajectories of Automobile Sector Firms, in Freyssenet, M. Shimizu, K., Volpato, G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of European Car Industry? London, New York: Palgrave, 2003, pp 1-8. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 164 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941.

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Abstract

For most observers, the globalization of firms is underway and irreversible. In accordance with their descriptive and analytical orientation, GERPISA contributors of this book question this common affirmation relating the internationalization trajectories of car sector companies: builders, suppliers and distributors, since forty years. They show the diversity of ways and forms of internationalization, the reversibility of these processes observed in the past, the restrictive conditions of profitability in overseas operations and the prevalence of regionalization in spite of globalization attempts since ten years. For this reason, the automobile firms trajectories are grouped and analyzed by their region of origin. This book considers Europa. A companion book treats of American and Asian car industry (Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. eds, Globalization or regionalization of American and Asian car industry?). In the conclusion we propose to understand the diversity of the forms of internationalization, their success or their failure, considering the difference of the companies profit strategies and the variable relevance of these strategies according to the evolutive regional context. To facilitate the reading of the following chapters, we expose in this introduction the different forms of internationalization observed in the car industry since its beginning.

Content

1. The relevance of the internationalization process in the automobile industry
2. The multiplicity of forms of internationalization
3. New forms of internationalization
4. The de-stabilizing aspect of the globalization process

Key words

Automobile industry, car makers, merger, take-over, alliance, enterprises separation, internal growth, external gorwth, globalization, regionalization, internationalization, national growth modes, profit strategy, innovation, flexibility, business history, theory of firms,

Concerned disciplines

Economics, Management, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology.

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Contribution
to personal questioning
to scientific reflection of research laboratory or network
to national and international scientific debate
to diffusion of scientific results
to implementation of scientific results

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See also

✔ Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of Ameri-can and Asian Car Industry?, London, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, 243 p. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M., Lung Y., Foreword, in Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of Ameri-can and Asian Car Industry?, London, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, pp x-xii. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 60 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M. Shimizu K., Volpato G., Introduction: The Diversity of Internationaliza-tion Strategies and Trajectories of Automobile Sector Firms, in Freyssenet, M. Shimizu, K., Volpato, G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of American and Asian Car Industry?, London, New York: Palgrave, 2003, pp 1-8. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 164 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M. Shimizu K., Volpato G., Conclusion: Regionalization of the American and Asian Automobile Industry, More Than Globalization, in Freyssenet, M. Shi-mizu, K., Volpato, G. (eds), [i]Globalization or Regionalization of American and Asian Car Industry?, London, New York: Palgrave, 2003, pp 209-230. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 400 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of Euro-pean Car Industry?, London, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, 275 p. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M., Lung Y., Foreword, in Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of Euro-pean Car Industry?, London, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, pp x-xii. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 60 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M. Shimizu K., Volpato G., Conclusion: Regionalization of the European Automobile Industry, More Than Globalization, in Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. (eds), Globalization or Region-alization of European Car Industry?, London, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, pp 209-230. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 400 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M., “Renault: Globalization, But For What Purpose?”, in ✔ Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of European Car Industry?, London, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, pp 103-131. Édition numérique, freyssenet.com, 2007, 380 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941. En anglais par un éditeur anglais en première publication.

✔ Freyssenet M., Renault, une mondialisation pour quoi faire ?, version française originale de ✔ Freyssenet M., “Renault: Globalization, But For What Pur-pose?”, in ✔ Freyssenet M., Shimizu K., Volpato G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of Euro-pean Car Industry?, London, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, 275 p. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 360 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941.

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2007.09.21, Freyssenet M. Shimizu K., Volpato G.,”Introduction: The Diversity of Internationalization Strategies and Trajectories of Automobile Sector Firms”, in Freyssenet, M. Shimizu, K., Volpato, G. (eds), Globalization or Regionalization of European Car Industry? London, New York: Palgrave, 2003, pp 1-8. Digital publishing, freyssenet.com, 2007, 164 Ko, ISSN 7116-0941.

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