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The transformation of the Slovak and Czech automotive industries : stakeholders' perspectives and barriers towards an ecological mobility industry



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords automotive industry; social-ecological transformation; ecological mobility; integrated peripheries; central and Eastern Europe; just transition; mobility industry; European semi-periphery; public institutions; barriers of transformation
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Description The article identifies and critically discusses barriers for transforming the automotive industry into an ecological mobility industry in Slovakia and Czechia from the point of view of key stakeholders. The focus is on the actors in the transformation process and the obstacles they face in influencing the strategies and direction of such a shift. Furthermore, this study evaluates the structure of the automotive industry in these countries and points out the possible implications for changes in mobility patterns and the future of employment in the broader mobility sector. The exploratory research finds that transforming the Czech and Slovak automotive industries is currently constrained by the path-dependency of public institutions related to private transportation and by foreign ownership of the car companies, making it difficult for local actors to seize the initiative. Moreover, there is a lack of clarity amongst actors about the direction and aim of the mobility industry's transformation.
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