The present paper reports on a search after better practices in policy support to enhance the competitiveness of automotive activities on a regional level. Based on a Europe-wide inventory of such initiatives, an initial long list was drawn up. This long list was reduced on the basis of a number of 'filter criteria', such as preliminary success signals, the presumed causal relationship of the measure vis-à-vis industrial competitiveness and the specificity of the measure. The resulting short list was subjected to a more severe evaluation. This consisted notably of gathering verifiable proof of performance and of positive effects sorted by the measures. In the end, a number of remarkable success cases were identified. However, on the whole, it appeared that only with regard to very few initiatives was it possible to establish a proven track record and/or contrast its positive causal effect on the health and dynamics of regional automotive activities. An important conclusion and implication of the research results is that there is a strong need for more systematic evaluation of the performance of regional initiatives that aim to support the automotive industry.

Automotive industry, Benchmarking, Causal relationships, Competition, Good practices, Impact assessment, Industrial competitiveness, Industrial economics, Policy support, Positive effects, Public policy, R&D and innovation policies, Regional economies, Regional innovation policy, Regional planning, Research results, Systematic evaluation, Track records, Turbulent flow,
ERIM Article Series (EAS)
International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Kamp, B. (2008). Impact appraisal of regional innovation policy measures on automotive industry competitiveness: A search after better practices. International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 8(4), 401–430. doi:10.1504/IJATM.2008.020311