By David Teece

I’ve been asked to comment on this collection of three papers (Perkins & Murmann, 2018, MacDuffie, 2018, Jiang and Lu, 2018), each of which offers deep insights into the forces affecting the auto industry, particularly as concerns the relative positions of incumbent auto firms with respect to new electric vehicle entrants. Taken as a whole, the papers open a lens on the changes roiling the automotive sector. In this essay, I’ll attempt to widen the aperture and provide a framework for a more systemic analysis of the forces reshaping the industry and the prospects for new entrants.  Read full article