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Autoshift 2002/2003
Action Strategies for the Automotive Components Industry in the 21st Century Study

The Institute for Enterprise Education (IEE), on behalf of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA), has completed a yearlong study of the automotive components industry in Ontario. Autoshift 2002/2003 - Action Strategies for the Automotive Components Industry in the 21st Century, funded by Human Resources Development Canada, is the most comprehensive study completed for the automotive components industry. The study was initiated in response to two critical issues faced by the automotive industry: an impending shortage of skilled trades people; and, the APMA member firms' inability to garner the needed human resources, putting at risk the very survival of the majority of APMA member firms. This study has resulted in critical and practical recommendations leading to an action strategy for the APMA.

The Autoshift 2002/2003 study provides a framework called the Global Effectiveness Monitor (GEM) that was created by IEE to enable organizations and their industry groups to become highly effective global players to successfully deal with the complexity and disruptive nature of today's global environment. The study was comprised of an intensive review of recent literature and research related to the automotive sector in Canada. This was the basis for the design of a survey instrument that was used in the comprehensive one-to-one interviews of leaders of individual APMA member firms. The IEE identified the following key findings:

- Globalization and commoditization of the automotive components industry are critical challenges faced by APMA member firms, putting at risk their profitability and future survival.

- An impending shortage of skilled workers could reach crisis proportions.

- Attracting, developing, nurturing, and retaining the right people is essential for the future success of this industry.

- Innovation must be the strategy for every globally focused firm.

- The automotive components industry is facing a leadership crisis with respect to succession planning.

The following are the most critical recommendations and action strategies resulting from the study:

- The automotive components industry must develop a compelling vision of the future.

- Innovation requires the right people with the right training and effective leadership which enables an organizational culture for innovation to flourish.

- The human resources department in each APMA member firm will need to play a critical role in the ongoing strategies to attract, develop, nurture, and retain people on an ongoing basis.

- The creation of an industry-based centre for excellence that will support the necessary initiatives required for the automotive components industry to prosper and grow in the 21st century.

Click here for the Autoshift 2003 - Action Strategies for the Automotive Industry in the 21st Century study in PDF format.

Click here for the Autoshift 2002 - Action Strategies for the Automotive Components Industry in the 21st Century study in PDF format.

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