Phoenix industries and open innovation? The Midlands advanced automotive manufacturing and engineering industry

Philip Amison, David Bailey

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Abstract

This paper explores the links between open innovation and the emergence of a ‘phoenix industry’ centred on the UK’s traditional automotive heartland, the West Midlands, which has developed a significant presence in automotive design and engineering, particularly among small and niche firms. Drawing on case study research, the paper investigates whether this can be considered as a phoenix industry, and to what extent open innovation has been important in the industry’s development. The paper considers relationships between firms and impacts in terms of changing economic and labour market conditions. The paper concludes by examining the role that public policy has played to date and might play in the future in supporting an emerging phoenix industry with open innovation features.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-411
Number of pages15
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Volume7
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

Bibliographical note

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Cambridge journal of regions, economy and society following peer review. The version of record Amison, P., & Bailey, D. (2014). Phoenix industries and open innovation? The Midlands advanced automotive manufacturing and engineering industry. Cambridge journal of regions, economy and society, 7(3), 397-411. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsu007

Keywords

  • phoenix industries
  • open Innovation
  • clusters
  • advanced manufacturing
  • industrial policy
  • automotive industry

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