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Challenges of Coordination: Automotive Innovation in the Ontario Supply Chain in Comparative Context

Document type Article
Author Wolfe, David A.
Author Warrian, Peter
Author Goracinova, Elena
Journal Canadian Public Policy
Volume 43
Date 2017 01
ISSN 0317-0861, 1911-9917
Pages S90-S102


Policies for the southern Ontario automotive cluster support multiple collaborative research projects designed for the application of enabling technologies. However, these initiatives cater to a small percentage of highly innovative automotive suppliers and exclude much of the traditional manufacturing base. This stands in contrast to automotive clusters in Detroit, MI; the West Midlands, United Kingdom; and Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, where applied research collaborations target the entire supply chain. With respect to policy implications, we argue that new forms of industrial coordination emerging in competitor regions may offer critical policy lessons for Ontario on how to stem the erosion of innovation capabilities in its automotive supply base.