The author, National Director, Automotive Industry Consulting, Deloitte & Touche, in addressing the subject of agility in the automotive industry, points out that the key concepts of agility are not new (e.g., mass customization, virtual organization, integrated business processes, reconfigurable organizations, etc.) but that agility is about change--about developing a proficiency to adapt to constantly changing market opportunities and competitive threats to not just survive, but achieve profitable growth. He discusses the results of a recently completed global study of the automotive industry by Deloitte & Touche, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. The study is based upon responses to over 800 questions from over 90 automotive executives in North America, Western Europe, and Japan. The questions focused on an assessment of current capabilities of the respondent's company, as well as the future focus over the next three years. The analysis of results compares relative level of current capability and relative future emphasis.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This issue of UMTRI Research Review contains the summaries of 20 speeches presented at the University of Michigan's 1994 Automotive Management Briefing in Traverse City.
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  • Authors:
    • Miller, R W
  • Publication Date: 1994-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 41-43
  • Serial:
    • UMTRI Research Review
    • Publisher: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
    • ISSN: 0739-7100

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719403
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Vol. 25, No. 2 & 3, HS-041 741, HS-041 742
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1996 12:00AM