Vertical Integration in Automakers

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Cleiciele Albuquerque Augusto orcid
José Paulo de Souza orcid
Silvio Antonio Ferraz Cario orcid


In this article the aim was to understand the choice of vertical integration in automakers considering the presence of transaction costs, measurement costs and strategic resources. For this, multiple qualitative-descriptive case studies were carried out using semi-structured interviews in three automakers and the Industrial Federation of the State of Parana (FIEP), all located in the State of Paraná. The proposition of formulated complementarity considered that vertical integration is due to the presence of specific assets, influenced by the difficulty of measuring them, and their importance as strategic resources. This proposition was ratified, as we found that vertical integration occurs for items such as design, stamping, motor, and transmission, which have high specificity, are difficult to measure (internal engine parts, transmission, and design aspects, for example) and constitute automaker identity, which confirms their strategic importance. We concluded that the complementarity between these theoretical-analytical conceptions can build a referential with greater power for understanding  choices involving governance structures.


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Augusto, C. A., Souza, J. P. de, & Cario, S. A. F. (2018). Vertical Integration in Automakers. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 22(5), 704-725.