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The influence of culture in automotive manufacturing — a Mexican-French comparison


The objective of this article is to analyse cultural influences when French companies cooperate with Mexican companies (subsidiaries of the French, established in Mexico) in the field of automotive manufacturing. An OEM supplier and a final assembly plant were selected to perform the study. Interviews with the workers, supervisors and managers have been performed. Case studies were collected in order to analyse the problems and to illustrate technical as well as cultural solutions. The analysis showed that important differences and coincidences in the manufacturing solutions could be explained from the cultural (French and Mexican) standpoint. The conclusions integrate some recommendations for French and Mexican companies that are in actual cooperation or that are planning to globalise in the corresponding countries.

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This research was funded by both Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT—México) contract No. 35981-U and the National Science Foundation (NSF—USA) contract No. DMI-0116635.

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Acosta, C., Sánchez, R., Rodríguez, A. et al. The influence of culture in automotive manufacturing — a Mexican-French comparison . AI & Soc 18, 242–256 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-003-0291-9

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