Keywords: automobile industry, buyer-supplier relationships, automotive technology, Spain, inter-firm relationships, technological relationships
Technology and inter-firm relationships in the automotive industry: the case of the Basque Country and Navarre (Spain)
This article focuses on the nature and significance of inter-firm technological relationships in the automotive industry. Following a theoretical explanation, the key technological role of (interfirm) buyer-supplier relationships is shown for firms in the automotive industry. This approach is valid when determining a firm's competitive position as well as its anchorage in the industry. The paper concludes with the outline of a method that enables the interpretation of the main features of the automotive industry in a specific regional environment: the Basque Country and Navarre in Northern Spain. Lastly, a practical application of the results obtained is sought.