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Cooperation models as success factor for interdisciplinary, inter-organizational research and development in the automotive industry

: Grochowski, Eva Maria; Ohlhausen, Peter


Kocaoglu, Dundar F. (Ed.) ; Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology -PICMET-; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2015. Vol.1 : Portland, Oregon, USA, 2 - 6 August 2015
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4799-1767-9
ISBN: 978-1-890843-32-8
Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) <2015, Portland/Or.>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

The automotive industry faces three major challenges – shortage of fossil fuels, politics of global warming and rising competition from new markets. In order to remain competitive companies have to develop more efficient and alternative fuel vehicles that meet the individual requirements of the customers. Functional integration combined with new technologies and materials are the key to stable success in this industry. The sustaining upward trend to system innovations within the last ten years confirms this. The development of complex products like automobiles claim skills of various disciplines e.g. engineering, chemistry. Furthermore, these skills are spread all over the supply chain. Hence the only way to stay successful in the automotive industry is cooperation and collaborative innovation. Interdisciplinary and interorganizational development has high demands on cooperation models especially in the automotive industry. In this case study cooperation models are analyzed and evaluated according to their applicability to interdisciplinary, interorganizational development projects in the automotive industry. Following, the research campus ARENA2036 is analyzed. ARENA2036 is an interdisciplinary, interorganizational development project housing automobile manufacturers, suppliers, research establishments and university institutes. Finally, based on interviews with the partners and the precede analyses of cooperation models, suggestions for implementation are given to ARENA2036.